Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Outburst in Court as Accused in Double Murder Testifies He Didn't Do It

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Outburst in Court as Accused in Double Murder Testifies He Didn't Do It

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Suspect denies killing woman, daughter: trial


CALGARY - A man on trial for the deaths of a Calgary woman and her daughter bluntly told a courtroom Wednesday he didn't do it, causing the slain girl's father to hurl obscenities at the accused and storm out.

Edward Downey, 48, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman.

Defence lawyer Gavin Wolch asked Downey twice whether he was responsible for their deaths.

"No, I did not kill Sara Baillie," he said. "No, I did not kill Taliyah Marsman."

The girl's father, Colin Marsman, cursed at Downey from the gallery before leaving the courtroom.

Downey, who is from Nova Scotia, said he doesn't know who killed them.

Testifying in his own defence, Downey admitted he was in Baillie's apartment on July 11, 2016, the day she was found dead.

He said he was there with another man identified only as Terrance and one of Terrance's friends as part of a drug deal.

He said Baillie and Terrance seemed to be arguing with each other in her bedroom, but he's not sure about what. Taliyah was alive and well in her own bedroom at the time, court heard.

Downey told court that Terrance asked for some tape, his friend passed over a roll and Downey ripped off a strip about half a metre long.

The trial heard earlier that two of Downey's partial fingerprints were found on duct tape that had been wrapped around Baillie's head and neck.

Her body was stuffed into a laundry hamper in her daughter's closet.

Downey said he heard that evening from his then-girlfriend -- Baillie's best friend -- that Baillie was dead.

"She said something happened to Sara. I can't remember how exactly she said it," Downey testified. "She said, 'She's gone.' I asked her what she was talking about. She said Sara was dead.

"That's how I found out."

Jurors have heard Baillie and her daughter died by asphyxiation. …

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