Sobbing in Calgary double-murder trial as final video taken by 5-year-old Taliyah Marsman played in court
Downey has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in their deaths.
A Calgary police tech crimes investigator testified Friday the video was found on an iPad seized from Baillie’s basement suite July 11, 2016. Baillie’s body was found in the home just hours earlier.
Taliyah’s body was found outside the city limits three days later, following an Alberta-wide Amber Alert.
Const. Oleg Seleznov told court he examined two devices found in the home.
The officer was deemed qualified to give expert opinion evidence on the forensic examination, identification and retrieval of digital optical and electromagnetic data from computers, cellphones and other electronic devices.
He said he found three email accounts on the iPad, one for Baillie and two for Taliyah.
Earlier in the trial, Taliyah’s great-aunt Marilynn Hamilton said Taliyah loved her iPad. It was found in Baillie’s basement suite, plugged in and fully charged.
Justice Beth Hughes addressed jurors before a video exhibit was played in court.
“We’re going to watch 15 to 20 seconds, Taliyah on a video. And I remind you to keep an open mind,” she said, adding they are not to be prejudiced by the evidence.
Family members cried as court was shown a selfie video of Taliyah, taken July 10, 2016–the day before she disappeared.
The close-up video is of Taliyah showing she was about to lose a tooth by wiggling it back and forth.
Seleznov also testified about the last outgoing call from the iPad.
He said July 10 at approximately 6:03 p.m. “the dialled phone was to contact ‘daddy.’”
That call lasted just under nine minutes.
Friday marked the tenth day of Crown evidence in the trial.
Watch below – November 30 marked an emotional end to an extremely difficult week for family and friends of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman. Edward Downey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of the mother and daughter. Nancy Hixt reports.
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