Defence for Edward Downey enters not guilty pleas for killings of Taliyah Marsman and Sara Baillie

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WATCH ABOVE: One week after the horrific killings of a little Calgary girl and her mother, Global News learned more about the man accused of their murders. At the same time, family and friends of the victims were planning their funeral. Nancy Hixt filed this report on July 18, 2016.

A summer 2017 preliminary inquiry is has been scheduled for the Calgary man accused of killing Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman.

Edward Downey’s appearance in court was excused, but his lawyer Gavin Wolch appeared on his behalf Thursday morning.

Wolch entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of first degree murder. The prelim is scheduled for August 14-25, 2017.

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Wolch told media outside court there were some scheduling issues that led to the hearing being scheduled so far away.

“With the court, with the officers that will testify with the crown, with us. It’s a matter of coordinating everyone’s schedules,” he said.

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“For somebody in custody, we want to proceed quickly.”

Baillie was found dead inside her northwest Calgary home July 11, sparking an Alberta-wide Amber Alert for daughter Taliyah that ended in tragedy.

It’s believed Baillie’s little girl, Taliyah, was killed just hours after Baillie.

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The search for the five-year-old came to a heartbreaking end July 14 after Calgary police found her body just outside the city limits.

Later that night Calgary police charged Downey.

Downey was previously convicted of drug trafficking, weapons and prostitution-related charges and has ties to organized crime, with affiliations to a high profile Canadian gang that originates out of Nova Scotia.

High-profile criminal lawyer Hersh Wolch and his son Gavin Wolch are retained as Downey’s defence team.

Downey, 46, remains in remand.

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When asked how Downey is doing in custody, Wolch told reporters, “he’s  got serious charges hanging over him.”

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His lawyers have not yet taken a position on bail.

Wolch noted they still don’t have full disclosure in the case.