A Calgary man convicted of murdering a mom and her five-year-old daughter has misplaced his bid for a brand new trial.
Edward Downey, 51, was discovered responsible on two counts of first-degree homicide within the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman who had been killed on July 11, 2016.
Downey appealed and on Tuesday, the Alberta Court docket of Attraction refused to overturn his convictions.
Throughout the trial, the Crown introduced proof that Downey had change into enraged with Baillie who he blamed for his failing relationship along with his girlfriend.
Other than dissuading her buddy from escorting for Downey, who’d had a historical past of pimping, Baillie had witnessed the killer abuse her finest buddy, in accordance with the Crown.
Downey and his girlfriend had been in the midst of a break up when Baillie and her daughter had been killed.
Each mom and daughter died of asphyxiation. Baillie’s physique was discovered stuffed inside a laundry hamper. Duct tape had been wrapped round her face.
Taliyah’s physique was found days later in a rural space east of the town.
In her attraction arguments, defence lawyer Kelsey Sitar argued the jury heard proof of dangerous character which she mentioned set the tone for the trial and the jury’s verdict.
“Escorting was alleged to be the undercurrent of Mr. Downey’s life. It was extremely prejudicial proof with propensity and character that undermined trial equity,” mentioned Sitar in her arguments.
Downey was sentenced to life in jail with no probability of parole for 50 years.