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A murder attempted twice trying to get a girlfriend to escort, hear trials


The Canadian Press

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 EST 2:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:27 EST

CALGARY – Calgary's ex-girlfriend's trial for a double murder has testified that Edward Downey wants to get her into the escort business.

Downey, 48, is responsible for the first degree murder in the death of Sara Baillie and the daughter of Taliyah Marsman, five-year-old in 2016.

Prosecutor Carla MacPhail said in her opening statement that Baillie was close friends with a former girlfriend, who can not be known because of a ban on publication.

MacPhail has suggested that Downey blames Baillie for her relationship to come to an end and her girlfriend then refuses to work for him as escort.

The ex-girlfriend, testifying behind a screen so he would not have to face Downey, told the court, Downey was financially financially at the time and the money was tight towards the end of their relationship.

That's when Downey asked her if she wanted to escort and they donate online.

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

"He was not happy about that," he said. "It came to work there and it did not happen."

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

MacPhail asked her why.

"Because I can not do it," she answered.

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