Downey’s fingerprints found on duct tape wrapped around victim’s face: trial

Two of double-murder suspect Edward Downey’s fingerprints were found on the “sticky side” of duct tape wrapped around homicide victim Sara Baillie’s face, a jury heard Friday.

Sgt. Jodi Arns, an analyst with the Calgary Police Services forensic crimes unit, did a comparison of two partial latent prints found on the tape with known print’s of Downey’s.

Arns said the two prints were near the edges of pieces of duct tape removed from Baillie’s body at her autopsy.

“It would be consistent with somebody holding it to rip it,” Arns said of the location of the prints.

Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 11, 2016, death of Baillie and the killing of her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman, whose body was discovered three days later.

Arns testified she attended the July 13, autopsy to seize the duct tape and look for prints because there was an urgency because Taliyah had yet to have been found.

“At that time there was an Amber Alert out and the little girl was still missing,” she explained.

Arns was able to seize 11 strips of duct tape, four which were wrapped around Baillie’s face and seven more wrapped around her neck.

She found partial prints on three of the pieces of tape found on the victim’s face, labeled R1, R2 and R3, although only two were sufficient for comparison.

“R1 and R2 has sufficient quality and comparisons were completed,” Arns said.

Jurors are currently hearing testimony from Const. Karl Sudyk, who discovered Taliyah’s body.

Edward Downey is arrested on July 14, 2016.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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