Fam­ily of slain wo­man hopes trial brings clo­sure

Pros­e­cu­tor says sus­pect beat, raped vic­tim af­ter she re­jected his ad­vance

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Rel­a­tives of slain Cal­gary mom Dawns Echoes Bap­tiste are hop­ing the trial of the man charged in her killing will bring them some clo­sure.

Alex and Ver­lyn Bap­tiste spoke Mon­day about their hope that jus­tice will pre­vail at the con­clu­sion of Cur­tis Healy’s jury trial.

Healy is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the Feb. 11, 2015 slay­ing of Dawns Bap­tiste, whose body was found in a White­horn area yard two days af­ter she was killed.

“I’m really glad that this day has fi­nally come,” said Ver­lyn Bap­tiste, who con­sid­ered her cousin Dawn like a sis­ter.

“I’m hop­ing there will be jus­tice for her so we can just move on and put this in the past, and the kids can move on also,” she said, of the slain wo­man’s four chil­dren.

“It’s been really trau­matic for them, be­cause they have no mother go­ing on four years. They’re still small, they need a par­ent, they need a mother.”

Alex Bap­tiste said it was hard be­ing in the same court­room as the man ac­cused of rap­ing and mur­der­ing his sis­ter.

“There’s so much emo­tion, hurt,” he said. “It was pretty hard to deal with some­thing like that.”

He said hav­ing the trial com­pleted should bring the fam­ily some clo­sure.

“We wanted to fi­nally put our sis­ter to rest.”

In her open­ing ad­dress to ju­rors, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Carla MacPhail said the de­ceased met Healy on the CTrain af­ter she and Alex went their sep­a­rate ways the night of Feb. 10, 2015.

Healy and Dawns Bap­tiste spent a cou­ple of hours to­gether, MacPhail said.

A stranger found the dead wo­man’s body face down in the back­yard of a White­horn home two days later, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

The vic­tim’s pants and un­der­wear were pulled down.

MacPhail said that, af­ter his ar­rest, Healy told po­lice the de­ceased re­jected his sex­ual ad­vance. He threw her to the ground in a rage, stomped her, dragged her through bushes and raped her.

He then told a homi­cide de­tec­tive he used a rock to “fin­ish her off,” the pros­e­cu­tor told ju­rors.

MacPhail said sur­veil­lance video shows Bap­tiste with a man wear­ing a cam­ou­flage print jacket.

When Healy was ar­rested for the crime he was wear­ing a sim­i­lar jacket.

DNA will also es­tab­lish Healy’s se­men was found on the vic­tim and her blood was on his shoes, MacPhail said.

The trial is sched­uled for three weeks.

Healy, who pleaded not guilty, is in cus­tody pend­ing res­o­lu­tion of the case.

Alex Bap­tiste

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