Trial begins for man accused in killing Calgary mom and daughter

Edward Downey's case to be heard by judge and jury

Sara Baillie and her daugheter Taliyah Marsman were killed in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — A trial is to begin today for a man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter in July 2016.

Edward Downey’s case is to be heard before a judge and jury and is expected to last three weeks.

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

Baillie, who was 34, was found dead in a suburban home after failing to show up for work at a restaurant.

Her daughter was missing and an Amber Alert was issued.

The girl’s remains were found in a rural area east of the city days later.

Baillie’s family say in a statement they plan to attend the trial but will not be commenting publicly.

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