Man killed Calgary woman, daughter because girlfriend broke up with him: Crown

Man killed Calgary woman, daughter because girlfriend broke up with him: Crown
Double murder trial underway for Edward Downey, accused of killing Calgary mother & 5-year-old daughter
A jury trial is underway for a Calgary man accused of killing a mother and her five-year-old daughter.

On Monday morning, Edward Downey, 48, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter, Taliyah Marsman.

The jury heard Baillies body was found was found stuffed into a laundry hamper in her daughters closet, duct tape "wrapped around, around, around" her face and neck. Her wrists were also bound with tape.

Trial begins for man accused of killing Calgary woman and her daughter

Graphic and disturbing details of the case were outlined in an opening statement by Crown prosecutor Carla MacPhail.

Taliyah had also FaceTimed her great aunt and uncle, Marilynne and Scott Hamilton, to share the same news. She spent a lot of time with the Hamiltons.

She said Baillies purse was on the floor of her daughters room with her wallet still inside. Taliyahs iPad was plugged in on the bed — unusual, as the child would rarely part with her prized device.

Sara’s aunt, Marilynne Hamilton, said she started calling around, but Sara and Taliyah were nowhere to be found.

MacPhail told the jury Baillie had seen Downey strike his girlfriend in the face. He also blamed Baillie for A.B. breaking up with him and his girlfriend declining work for him as an escort, she said.

“We heard him gasp and told us not to come in…told us to stay where we were,” Marilynne said.

Prosecutor Carla MacPhail said in her opening statement that Baillie was close friends with Downeys girlfriend, who can only be identified as A.B. because of a publication ban.

“I was pleading for him to tell me if it was Sara and Taliyah. He just kept saying, ‘I don’t know.”

After the discovery of Sara’s body, an Alberta-wide Amber Alert was activated for her missing daughter.

"I was pleading for him to tell me what he saw and if it was Sara and Taliyah," she testified, weeping. "He just kept saying, I dont know."

MacPhail told jurors Downey was known to both Sara and Taliyah. He was Sara’s best friend’s boyfriend.

A co-worker testified she became concerned when Baillie didnt show up for her shift at Chilis Grill and Bar at the Calgary airport on the morning of July 11.

That woman’s identity is protected by a court-imposed publication ban, and can only be referred to by the initials “AB.”

Edward Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie, who was 34, and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in July 2016.

The Crown told the jury the day before Sara was killed, AB sent a text to Downey that said, “it’s time to pack your bags I’m ending this relationship.”

Officers arrived and spoke to Hamilton and her husband in the living room. Just as they were finishing up, an officer took a final look around.

MacPhail said things were falling apart, and it’s up to the jury to decide if Downey blamed Sara for that.

The jury was told text messages will be presented as evidence during the trial–texts between Downey and one of his associates, expressing his view of Sara’s influence on his girlfriend.

Baillies aunt, Marilynne Hamilton, testified that concerned friends and family searched Baillies suburban basement suite later the same day.

The Crown alleges Downey had also taken steps towards getting his girlfriend to work as an escort but she had decided “it was something she was not going to do.”

“It’s for you to decide if Downey blamed Sara for this as well,” MacPhail told the jury.

It was a map from that data that led police to find Taliyah’s body three days later just outside of the city limits. Her tiny body was discarded in some bushes.

"She was almost six, old enough to identify her mothers killer, especially if she knew him," MacPhail said.

The Crown said it’s their theory Taliyah’s killer took her and murdered her because she was a witness to her mother’s death.

Family of Sara and Taliyah filled the courtroom Monday, many were crying as they heard details of the case.

Baillies car wasnt there. MacPhail told the trial it would be found later parked around the corner.

It said they will be attending the trial and asked for privacy as the court case unfolds. The family said a statement will be made once the jury reaches verdicts in the case.

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CALGARY – A trial has begun for a man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter in July 2016.

The 48-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman.

The courtrooms public gallery was so packed with loved ones and media that an overflow courtroom with a video feed needed to be set up.