Calgary

Man accused of murdering girlfriend, mother and stepfather committed to stand trial

The Calgary man accused of killing his girlfriend, mother and stepfather will stand trial on charges of first- and second-degree murder.

Dustin Duthie will be tried on charges of 1st- and 2nd-degree murder

Officers lead Dustin Duthie into the Calgary Police Service's arrest processing unit in 2018. New details of how Duthie killed his girlfriend, mother and stepfather are contained in an agreed statement of facts filed in Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Tuesday. (Julie Debeljak/CBC)

Dustin Duthie, a Calgary man accused of killing his girlfriend, mother and stepfather, sniffled and sighed as he was committed to stand trial on charges of first- and second-degree murder.

On Friday, following a two-week preliminary inquiry, provincial court Judge Sean Dunnigan order Duthie, 26, to be tried on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Alan Pennylegion, 51, and two counts second-degree murder in the deaths of Taylor Toller, 24, and Shawn Boshuck, 52.

A first-degree murder charge typically indicates the killing was planned.

Initially, Duthie faced three second-degree charges, but prosecutor Shane Parker asked for the upgraded charge in connection with the stepfather's killing.

Duthie has admitted to killing his girlfriend of five years, Taylor Toller, 25, his mother, Shawn Boshuck, and his stepfather, Alan Pennylegion. (From left: Taylor Toller's Facebook page/Shawn Boshuck's Facebook page/Supplied)

A preliminary inquiry is held to determine if there is enough evidence for the accused to stand trial. A publication ban protects any of the evidence from being reported in order to protect the accused's right to a fair trial.

Parker and co-counsel Leah Staples called more than two dozen witnesses over the past two weeks.

Mental health concerns

Back in the summer of 2018, there were two separate killings, according to police.

Toller, 24, is believed to have been killed in her Applewood Park apartment as early as July 26.

Following a 911 call made by Duthie on July 31, police discovered the bodies of Boshuck and Pennylegion in their home in the northwest community of Hidden Valley.

That's when police attended Toller's apartment to check on her and found her body.

Following his arrest, Duthie was held first at the Rockyview General Hospital and then at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Hospital before being moved to the Calgary Remand Centre. 

They will be back in court Feb. 14 to set trial dates.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary crime reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach her at meghan.grant@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @CBCMeg.

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