Lisa Dudley’s parents back in court to fight for her belongings
The parents of Lisa Dudley, who was executed in 2008 alongside her boyfriend Guthrie McKay in their Mission home, are back in court Wednesday.
The case may be over and the public inquest complete, but Dudley’s parents said they now have to fight for her belongings.
Dudley’s mother and stepfather Mark Surakka want a complete list of items that were seized during the investigation.
They filed a request for a complete exhibit list under the Access to Information Act.
A list was sent to Dudley’s parents but the Surakkas aren’t satisfied.
“In the cover letter they [RCMP] sent us December 4th, they said, ‘This is what you are entitled to,’ and I don’t think this is a complete list, if you look at it there are blanks in there,” Surakka said.
Surakka says he’d like to hire a lawyer but can’t afford one.
“We’re old-age pensioners, we’re close to 70 years old here. They (RCMP) have in the past asked us what we want,” Surakka said.
“How is it possible to know what we want completely if we don’t have a list of the complete items that we seized?”
In a statement to Global News, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet wouldn’t comment on the specific case, but said:
“In any large investigation there may be thousands of exhibits seized and anything that is seized for evidentiary purposes must be reported to the court. Exhibits seized are not necessarily associated to, or belong to the victim. They could be items such as witness statements, video surveillance, any evidence located on the accused at the time of their arrest, any evidence seized by way of judicial authorization, i.e. items from the accused residence, DNA, or financial or other records. When continued detention is no longer required, items will be disposed of as the court directs, to the person(s) to whom the items are lawfully entitled.”
Dudley and her boyfriend, Guthrie McKay, were shot to death in their Mission home in 2008.
An RCMP officer responding to a shots-fired report failed to enter the home and didn’t even get out of his cruiser.
A neighbour found Dudley four days later barely breathing. She died on the way to hospital.
Four men were convicted, three on charges of first-degree murder and one on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
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