May 13, 2014 9:45 am

David Woods testifies at murder trial of his wife

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SASKATOON – A man accused of killing his wife took the stand in his own defence at his trial on Monday.

David Woods is charged with the first degree murder of his wife Dorothy, whose body was found in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake in early January 2012.

In question since the beginning of the trial is how police found her body. Police found Dorothy’s body after a hidden GPS unit tracked Woods driving to the area two days earlier.

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When asked by his lawyer asked why he drove out there, Woods said someone had left a note under the windshield wiper of his truck with directions to the location, referencing Dorothy’s whereabouts, so he went to check it out.

Woods stated he no longer has the note.

He was also questioned whether he had anything to do with the death of Dorothy.

“No, I did not,” said Woods under oath.

He stated he last saw Dorothy around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2011 and when he woke up around 3 or 4 a.m. to have a cigarette, he noticed Dorothy wasn’t home.

Woods also spoke about their marriage, saying they had agreed to an open relationship and he had been seeing a prostitute.

Woods also testified about purchasing poly wrap and rope, both which have been introduced by the Crown as evidence, saying he bought the poly for home renovations and the rope for the pool tarp on Nov. 12, 2011.

Earlier in the day, the last Crown witness testified.

Robin Abel compared two pieces of tape, one from a roll in the Woods’s garage and the other wrapped around Dorothy’s body.

Abel stated the two pieces were once part of the same roll.

Also on Monday, a juror was discharged for personal reasons, leaving 12 members on the jury that started with 14.

The trial resumes Tuesday morning when the Crown begins cross-examination of David Woods.

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