Double murder trial to begin for Edward Downey, accused of killing Calgary mother & 5-year-old daughter

Double murder trial to begin for Edward Downey, accused of killing Calgary mother & 5-year-old daughter
Murder trial begins for Edward Downey, accused of killing 5-year-old and her mother
The jury trial for a Calgary man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in 2016 gets underway on Monday morning.

Baillies body was found in her Panorama Hills basement suite in the summer of 2016 by police after she failed to turn up for work.

Her five-year-old daughter, Taliyah Marsman, was reported missing and a province-wide AMBER alert was initiated to find the little girl.

Police spent several days searching for Taliyah and located her body three days later in a rural area east of Calgary.

Edward Delton Downey, 48, was arrested at a strip mall in northeast Calgary on July 13, 2016 and he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The jury trial for Downey gets underway in a Calgary courtroom on Monday and is scheduled to last three weeks.

Edward Downey is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Leigh Marsman.

The jury trial for a Calgary man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in 2016 gets underway on Monday morning.

A three-week jury trial begins Monday for the Calgary man accused of murdering a five-year-old girl and her mother.

Edward Downey is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Taliyah Marsman, 5, and Sara Baillie, 34, whose bodies were found in July 2016.

After Baillie failed to show up for work, police went to her home in the northwest community of Panorama Hills to check on her at the family's request. 

There, officers discovered Baillie's body in the basement apartment she shared with her daughter. Taliyah was not in the home and police activated an Amber Alert for the child.

Three days later, investigators discovered Taliyah's body on a rural property about eight kilometres east of Calgary.

Downey was charged with two counts of first-degree murder the same day Taliyah's body was found.

On Monday morning, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Beth Hughes will begin the trial by delivering an opening address to jurors.

Prosecutors Carla MacPhail and Ryan Jenkins will then make an opening statement that is expected to outline the Crown's case and the evidence against Downey.

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