Watch above: a jury has found David Woods guilty of murdering his wife Dorothy
SASKATOON – Guilty. That’s the verdict from the jury in the David Woods’ murder trial.
Woods was convicted of killing his wife Dorothy and leaving her body in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake.
He showed no emotion as the verdict was read. A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Family and friends sobbed, hugged each other and breathed a collective sigh of relief when the jury read its verdict.
Woods lawyer, Michael Nolin, said afterwards his client maintains his innocence and an appeal can be expected in the future.
“Of course I’m disappointed……at the end of the day the elephant in the room spoke pretty darn loud,” said Nolin outside of court.
Watch below: Defence lawyer Michael Nolin
Crown prosecutor Michael Segu thanked Saskatoon police for their work on the case and the jury for reaching the guilty verdict.
“This was a case that had no admission, no eyewitness, it was a very strong circumstantial case, but it was a circumstantial case nonetheless, and it was up to the jury to put together all the pieces of evidence to find Mr. Woods guilty,” said Segu.
Watch below: Crown prosecutor Michael Segu
Dorothy was reported missing after last being seen on Nov. 11, 2011.
Her body was found in a culvert on Jan. 4, 2012. Police tracked Woods to the area two days earlier after reports a woman’s body had been found outside of Saskatoon.
That was one piece of evidence introduced by the Crown over the duration of the trial.
Another key piece was Woods purchasing poly wrap and a rope the day after Dorothy was last seen.
The Crown linked the two items to Dorothy’s death. Her body was discovered wrapped in poly wrap with an empty tube found inside Woods’s garage and an expert testified the rope around Dorothy’s neck was the same found at the Wood’s home.
The Woods’ family is expected to speak to the media on Friday.