By The Canadian Press on October 12, 2021.
CALGARY – A man has admitted to killing a Calgary mother more than two years ago but not guilty in the death of her toddler.
Robert Leeming pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett and not guilty to second-degree murder of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.
The pleas came on the first day of his judge-alone trial.
Lovett, 26, and her daughter were reported missing in April 2019, after they failed to show up for a dinner.
Their bodies were found weeks later near Grizzly Creek, a day use area in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary.
Leeming, who is 36, is a British citizen who police said had been in a relationship with Lovett.
During the search for Lovett and her daughter, Leeming told local media that he owned the townhouse where they lived and that they were his tenants.
The trial is scheduled for 19 days.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2021.