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Appeal Court denies new trial for man in murders of mother, daughter

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 6:17 am MDT

CALGARY – Alberta’s top court has rejected a request for a new trial from a man convicted of killing a Calgary woman and her young daughter.

Edward Downey was appealing two convictions of first-degree murder in the 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman.

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A trial in 2018 heard graphic evidence of when Baillie was found dead, three days her daughter was discovered in some bushes east of the city.

Both died of asphyxiation.

A jury found Downey guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 50 years.

The trial heard Downey killed Baillie because he blamed her for the breakdown of his relationship with her best friend and that the child was a witness who needed silencing.

Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes sentenced Downey to consecutive periods of parole ineligibility and called him a “callous and remorseless individual.”

Downey’s grounds for appeal included that the judge erred in pre-trial rulings, in charging the jury and in imposing consecutive periods of parole ineligibility.