Watch above: family, friends of Dorothy Woods in court as the jury views images of where her body was found
SASKATOON – It was a hard day in court as the jury and gallery saw images of the body of Dorothy Woods where police found it in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake south of Saskatoon in January 2012.
Her husband, David Woods, is accused of first-degree murder in her death.
The images depicted a body encased in ice and wrapped in poly wrap.
Saskatoon police Sgt. David Hudson, the lead investigator in the case, said he thought the body may be female because there was paint on a viewable toenail.
Dorothy’s family and friends were also in court as the images were introduced as evidence.
Hudson was asked if there was anything recognizable in the autopsy photos where rope around Dorothy’s neck was depicted.
“It appeared to be exactly the same as the rope found in David Woods’ garage,” stated Hudson.
The Crown said the autopsy will prove Dorothy died from ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.
Her body was found after police placed a GPS tracking device in David Woods’ vehicle.
It is alleged he drove to Blackstrap after a body was discovered outside Saskatoon two days before Dorothy’s body was discovered.
During cross-examination by Michael Nolin, Woods’ defence lawyer, Hudson stated there only two suspects were investigated – Woods and Derrick Brown, Dorothy’s lover.
Woods was questioned for two hours by police on Nov. 17, 2011 and was arrested on Jan. 6, 2012, two days after Dorothy’s body was found.