CALGARY — Details emerged Friday about the criminal record dating back nearly 20 years of a man charged in the deaths of a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter.
Court records show Edward Delten Downey was convicted in 2008 of trafficking cocaine and possession of an unauthorized firearm. He was sentenced to four years.
Downey, who also went by the last name Simmonds, also served time for aiding in prostitution in 1998.
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He also faced several charges over the years related to stolen property, drugs, weapons and prostitution, but they were withdrawn.
Police charged Downey, 46, late Thursday with first-degree murder in the slayings of Sara Baillie, who was 34, and her daughter Taliyah Marsman.
Baillie was found in their Calgary home on Monday and an Amber Alert was issued when Taliyah could not be found. The child's body was discovered on a rural property east of the city on Thursday.
Police said earlier that Downey knew the victims' family. Court documents filed when he was charged say he is not allowed to contact Taliyah's father, Colin Marsman.
Downey's next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
Sara Baillie, 34, and her daughter Taliyah Marsman, 5, were found dead this week. (Photos: Facebook, Calgary Police Service)
Investigators were collecting more evidence Friday in the area where the girl was found.
"There's ... lots of work to still do,'' a sombre Insp. Don Coleman said late Thursday at a news conference after Taliyah's body was found near a road beside a field.
No effort had been made to bury the girl.
Coleman said the investigation has concluded Taliyah was already dead by the time police had been called by concerned family.
"There was nothing we could do before we even got involved.''
Insp. Don Coleman speaks to press after Taliyah Marsman's body was found on Thursday evening. (Photo: Larry MacDougal/CP)
Coleman said it's believed Baillie was the primary target. The cause of Taliyah's death was not known, but an autopsy was to be done later Friday.
"We were hoping for a different outcome. The family is devastated, clearly,'' Coleman said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, both in Calgary for the Stampede, offered their condolences.
"We all need to take a moment to send our love and hearts out to Taliyah and Sara's family,'' said Trudeau.
"There were so many volunteers and police services involved in trying to help a terrible situation.''
Officers search an area near Chestermere, Alta. where Taliyah Marsman's body was found. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/CP)
"In the face of such senseless and tragic loss we reach out with love and with a desire to help each other,'' Notley said.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi simply said: "Our hearts are all broken.''
Taliyah had last been seen by her relatives on Sunday, and security cameras captured her and her mother at a Dairy Queen later that day.
CCTV footage shows Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman at a Dairy Queen the night before Baillie was found dead in her home. (Photos: Calgary Police Services)
The next morning, a girl matching Taliyah's description was seen near the family's home with a man. She was carrying a suitcase.
Baillie's relatives called police Monday when she didn't show up for work. After officers found her body later that night, they issued an Amber Alert for the girl.
On Wednesday, a suspect was taken into custody at a strip mall. Coleman said he was giving "zero co-operation'' to investigators, although the inspector later amended that to "limited'' co-operation.
Coleman also said the suspect was known to police and had an extensive criminal background with some violence.
Downey appeared before a judge late Thursday.
Police Chief Roger Chaffin said 100 officers had been working around the clock the last number of days.
"Unfortunately they are completely devastated by the loss, as am I,'' he said.
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A funeral was held July 21, 2016, for five-year-old Taliyah Marsman and her mother Sara Baillie who were slain in Calgary. Here is a look at how events unfolded in the case:
An Amber Alert was issued for five-year-old Taliyah Marsman on July 11, 2016 after her mom was found dead in their Calgary home.
5:30 p.m. - Security cameras show Taliyah with her mom Sara Baillie at a Dairy Queen restaurant not far from the home.
Monday 11:30 a.m. — A girl matching Taliyah's description is seen near the family's home with a stocky, black male. She is carrying a suitcase.
Baillie is seen speaking with a family at the restaurant.
11:30 a.m. — A girl matching Taliyah's description is seen near the family's home with a stocky, black male. She is carrying a suitcase.
8:30 p.m. - Baillie's relatives call police, concerned that she didn't show up for her job at a Calgary airport restaurant. Officers arrive and find the 34-year-old's body in the basement suite where she lived with Taliyah. There is no sign of the girl. Scott Hamilton, Baillie's uncle, said the two were "inseparable'' and Taliyah "worshipped" her mother.
1:40 a.m. - Police declare an Amber Alert for Taliyah.
Colin Marsman, Taliyah's father, releases a statement through a friend pleading for anyone with information to do the right thing." He says that the five-year-old is his "light" and he loves her with all his heart. Wednesday 11 a.m. — Taliyah's father releases a statement
10:30 p.m. - Police take into custody a suspect in Taliyah's disappearance. They believe he and the girl left a black car belonging to Baillie, got into a grey sedan and drove off. The sedan was seized in a strip mall parking lot on and the driver was arrested. Investigators later say that the suspect is offering "zero co-operation." They add that he has an "extensive criminal history" and was known to both of Taliyah's parents.
9:04 p.m. — Police issue a news release saying officers have found a body believed to be Taliyah's by a rural road near Chestermere.
Police believe the man they have in custody is the same one witnesses saw with a girl who looked like Taliyah.
Police hold a news conference and say two charges of first-degree murder have been laid against Edward Delten Downey, 46. They reveal that Taliyah had already been killed before police were first called. "There was nothing we could do before we even got involved.''
July 20 — Downey appears in court via closed-circuit television. Lawyer Gavin Wolch says he wants to move quickly to trial, because he is worried that his client is being tried in the media and not the courtroom.
Baillie and Taliyah are remembered at their funeral service as a pair who "brought such great smiles to our hearts.''