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Calgary man accused of killing girlfriend, then mother and stepfather 6 days later

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a man standing in a room: Officers lead the suspect, Dustin Duthie, 25, into the Calgary Police Service arrest processing unit late Tuesday night. © Julie Debeljak/CBC Officers lead the suspect, Dustin Duthie, 25, into the Calgary Police Service arrest processing unit late Tuesday night.

A day after Calgary police found three people slain in two different locations, the force says the killings occurred almost a week apart.

Dustin Duthie, 25, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Taylor Toller, Shawn Boshuck and Alan Pennylegion. CBC News has confirmed that the dead are the accused's girlfriend, his mother and stepfather.

A duty counsel lawyer representing Duthie appeared before a justice of the peace Wednesday morning in Calgary.

a close up of a person wearing glasses: Taylor Toller was found dead on Tuesday at a residence in southeast Calgary. Her boyfriend, Dustin Duthie, is accused of killing her along with his mother and stepfather. © Taylor Toller's Facebook page Taylor Toller was found dead on Tuesday at a residence in southeast Calgary. Her boyfriend, Dustin Duthie, is accused of killing her along with his mother and stepfather.

Police found a woman's body at a condo complex in the 2000 block of Applevillage Court S.E. in Applewood Park, a neighbourhood on the city's outskirts, after receiving a check-on-welfare call about two locations at around 11 a.m. MT Tuesday. Sources told CBC News that the call to police was made by Duthie.

At a second location, in the 10100 block of Hidden Valley Drive N.W., more than 20 kilometres to the northwest, police found two more homicide victims — a man and a woman. City records list the owners of that residence as Boshuck and Pennylegion.

a person posing for the camera: Shawn Boshuck was found dead at a home in northwest Calgary on Tuesday. Her son, Dustin Duthie, is accused of killing her. © Shawn Boshuck's Facebook page Shawn Boshuck was found dead at a home in northwest Calgary on Tuesday. Her son, Dustin Duthie, is accused of killing her.

Police said Tuesday that Duthie was taken into custody at one of the two locations, but didn't specify which one.

A personal property registry search shows Duthie co-owns a car, a 2012 Hyundai Sonata, with Boshuck, and a car matching that description was seen parked in front of the home at Hidden Valley Drive

At Wednesday's hearing, court heard that Duthie is accused of killing Toller on July 25 and Boshuck and Pennylegion on July 31. 

Police have not revealed how the three were killed.

a man wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Alan Pennylegion was found dead at the same residence as Boshuck on Tuesday. © Supplied Alan Pennylegion was found dead at the same residence as Boshuck on Tuesday.

A friend of Pennylegion's describes him as a "good guy" who was always positive.

"I can't express how much of a mentor he was," said Pat Labrash, who is team president of the Calgary Hilltoppers Football Association. 

"He was a great mentor to me and any kid that he ever touched on a football field as far as football knowledge."

a car parked on the side of a building: Officers investigate at a condo complex where they found a woman's body in the 2000 block of Applevillage Court S.E. © Reid Southwick/CBC Officers investigate at a condo complex where they found a woman's body in the 2000 block of Applevillage Court S.E.

Pennylegion was a volunteer coach with the junior football team for two seasons.

He and Boschuk had previous relationships and children, and they had a son together who played football in Calgary.

Labrash said he's still processing the news. 

"It's devastating. It's a huge loss, not only to the Calgary football association community, it's a huge loss to football [in] Canada period."

Boshuck was described as a well-respected nurse in the community and a devoted wife.

Duthie on suicide watch

a man standing next to a car: Calgary police outside a home in northwest Calgary where the bodies of a man and woman were discovered. © Colleen Underwood/CBC Calgary police outside a home in northwest Calgary where the bodies of a man and woman were discovered.

Duthie is being held at the Rockyview General Hospital and is under a suicide watch, CBC News has learned.

His next court date is set for Aug. 8. He will see a forensic psychologist before that appearance to determine whether a 30-day psychological assessment should be carried out. 

Autopsies will be carried out on the bodies by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

With files from Meghan Grant, Colleen Underwood and Reid Southwick

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