Sus­pect sug­gests drug dealer killed pair

Downey de­nies killing Sara Bail­lie and her daugh­ter, Taliyah Mars­man

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - KEVIN MARTIN [email protected]­ On Twit­ter: @KMart­inCourts

Dou­ble-mur­der sus­pect Ed­ward Downey said he went to Sara Bail­lie’s home the day she was mur­dered and her daugh­ter went miss­ing, but he had noth­ing to do with their deaths.

In­stead, Downey said, he left Bail­lie’s home while she was in an ar­gu­ment with a mys­tery drug dis­trib­u­tor named Ter­rance and the man’s un­named friend.

And Downey said just be­fore he left Bail­lie’s Panorama Hills north­west base­ment suite on July 11, 2016, he was asked by the un­known male to cut off a piece of duct tape for him.

Downey told de­fence lawyer Gavin Wolch he pulled off a strip about 18 inches in length and handed it to Ter­rance’s friend.

Ev­i­dence dur­ing the Crown’s case showed two of Downey’s fin­ger­prints were found on the sticky side of duct tape wrapped around Bail­lie’s face and neck.

Downey, 48, faces two charges of first-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the slay­ing of Bail­lie and her five-year-old daugh­ter, Taliyah Mars­man, whose body was dis­cov­ered three days later in a stand of trees on a ru­ral prop­erty north­east of Cal­gary.

“Mr. Downey, I’m go­ing to ask you some very di­rect ques­tions,” Wolch said, near the end of his ex­am­i­na­tion of the ac­cused.

“Did you kill Sara Bail­lie?” the lawyer asked.

“No, I did not kill Sara Bail­lie,” Downey said.

“Do you know who did?” “I thought I knew who did, but I never ac­tu­ally seen him do it so I can’t re­ally say,” he replied.

Downey said he never in­tended Bail­lie to be in­jured when he went to meet Ter­rance at his res­i­dence so he could buy co­caine.

“Mr. Downey, did you kill Taliyah Mars­man?” Wolch con­tin­ued.

“No, I did not kill Taliyah Mars­man,” Downey said.

“Do you know who did?” “No, I do not,” Downey said, as the child’s fa­ther, Colin Mars­man, cursed at him from the court­room gallery.

“You (ex­ple­tive) cow­ard,” he said, be­fore storm­ing out of the court­room as Jus­tice Beth Hughes ad­mon­ished the crowd to keep quiet.

Downey said he only learned of Taliyah’s death when he was in po­lice cus­tody.

“I didn’t feel good,” he said. “I felt bad, it’s an in­no­cent lit­tle girl dead.”

Downey said he had met Ter­rance at a Tim Hor­tons and they dis­cussed a drug sale.

They then went to Bail­lie’s nearby home to con­sum­mate the deal, but Downey never ex­plained why it was her res­i­dence they went to to con­duct busi­ness.

Downey said that when he left, both mother and child were alive and he later ar­ranged to com­plete the drug pur­chase at an­other spot.

He said he ended up driv­ing east­bound on McKnight Boule­vard and east of the city in Con­rich look­ing for Ter­rance’s “stash,” not far from where the girl’s body was found.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Carla MacPhail asked Downey why his cell­phone tower pings sug­gested he was farther east than Con­rich, closer to where Taliyah was dis­cov­ered.

“Your trip to the Con­rich Gas Plus re­ally doesn’t ex­plain it,” MacPhail said of the cell­phone ev­i­dence.

“It doesn’t ex­plain why your over­lap­ping cell cov­er­age is sig­nif­i­cantly east of the cor­ner of Town­ship Road 250 and Con­rich Road,” MacPhail said.

“What do you want me to say, I was at the gas sta­tion,” Downey said.

His cross-ex­am­i­na­tion con­tin­ues Thurs­day.

Ed­ward Downey


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