Accused in double murder tried to get ex-girlfriend to escort, trial hears



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The Canadian Press

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 14:44 EST

Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 15:27 EST

CALGARY – An ex-girlfriend of a Calgary man on trial for a double murder testified that Edward Downey wanted to get her into the escort business.

Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter, Taliyah Marsman, in 2016.

Prosecutor Carla MacPhail said in her opening statement that Baillie was an intimate friend of the ex-girlfriend, who can not be identified because of the publication ban.

MacPhail suggested that Downey blamed Baillie for breaking the relationship and his girlfriend's refusal to work as an escort.

The ex-girlfriend, testifying from behind a screen so she would not have to face Downey, told the court that she was financially backing Downey at the time and that the money was getting tight by the end of their relationship.

That's when Downey asked if she wanted to join them and they put an ad online.

She described Downey being angry with her when she was on a trip to Edmonton to serve clients and she became ill.

"He was not happy about it," she said. "I came to work and it did not happen."

She decided she did not want to try to escort again.

MacPhail asked why.

"Because I could not do that," she replied.

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