Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Preliminary Hearing Set, Not Guilty Plea Entered in Mother and Daughter Murder

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Preliminary Hearing Set, Not Guilty Plea Entered in Mother and Daughter Murder

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Not guilty plea in mother-daughter murder

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CALGARY - The man charged in the deaths of a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter has entered a plea of not guilty in court.

Edward Downey, 46, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman.

His lawyer, Gavin Wolch, entered the plea on Downey's behalf and a preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 14 to 25, 2017.

"There was some scheduling with the court with the officers who will testify, with the Crown, with us. It's a matter of co-ordinating everybody's schedules," said Wolch.

Baillie, who was 34, was found dead in her northwest Calgary home on July 11 and an Amber Alert was issued for Taliyah. The little girl's body was found three days later in a rural area east of Calgary.

Police have said Downey knew Baillie and Taliyah, but have not said how. …

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