Why Saskatoon convicted killer David Woods believes he deserves a new trial
Convicted of killing his wife in 2014, David Woods still proclaims he’s innocent.
On Tuesday, arguments got underway at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina after Woods claims fresh evidence will prove he was wrongfully convicted of the 2011 murder.
Other grounds for the appeal include what Woods feels was ineffective representation after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Dorothy Woods three years ago following a trial in Saskatoon by judge and jury.
A more in-depth hearing on the matter may not happen until the new year after the defence and Crown conceded to needing more time to prepare their arguments.
A brief court appearance has been scheduled before then for Oct. 11.
The appeal panel also addressed mounting frustrations on what appears to be a pattern for Woods of hiring then firing lawyers.
During proceedings, Woods was instructed that the attorney he has now would be with him for the long haul as they attempt to get his guilty conviction thrown out.
This, six years after Dorothy disappeared without a trace on Nov. 11, 2011, and was reported missing to Saskatoon police.
Nearly two months later, on Jan. 4, 2012, her body was recovered from a culvert near Blackstrap Lake.
Chilling details heard at trial outlined that Dorothy had been strangled, her body then wrapped in poly and that she was bound with a rope.
Police were led to her body after Woods drove to the area, not knowing law enforcement had hidden a GPS tracking device on his vehicle.
Defence, however, insisted that Woods had been framed, filing the appeal in the case just one week after the guilty verdict.
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