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Mentally ill man found not criminally responsible in Alberta work camp killings

Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm MDT


GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A judge has found a man not criminally responsible for the stabbing deaths of two people at a northern Alberta work camp.

Daniel Goodridge, who is 31, had pleaded not guilty due to a mental disorder to charges of first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and interfering with human remains.

A psychiatrist testified during the trial that Goodridge had been hearing voices and believed his co-workers wanted to assault him.

Court also heard he that was diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia and had mental health issues dating back to Grade 7.

David Derksen, who was 37 and from La Crete, Alta., and 50-year-old Hally Dubois of Red Deer, Alta., were found dead at a Canada North oilfield site near Fox Creek in June 2015.

The trial heard that Goodridge stabbed Derksen more than 70 times, cut off parts of his body and set him on fire.

Witnesses said Dubois had tried to help Derksen and told Goodridge to stop. Her body was found curled up in a trailer. She had been stabbed or cut 11 times.

Some workers hid in their rooms while others fled into the bush as Goodridge ran around the remote property with a large knife.

When RCMP arrived, Goodridge refused to drop the knife and lunged at an officer. Mounties fired 12 shots and wounded Goodridge.

As he was loaded into an ambulance, he told a paramedic that he had “wanted some excitement.”

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ken Nielsen ordered Goodridge to be held at Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He must appear within 45 days before the Alberta Review Board, which will determine if and how long he should be detained. (CJXX)