Here are some of the key events leading up to, and including, Mark Stobbe's second-degree murder trial in connection with the death of his wife, Beverly Rowbotham.

June 2000


Beverly Rowbotham was found dead in her car at a gas station near Selkirk, Man., in October 2000. (CBC)

Mark Stobbe, Beverly Rowbotham, and the couple's two sons move from Regina to a home on River Road in St. Andrews, Man.

Stobbe had worked as a high-ranking adviser to former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow before moving to Manitoba to take up a job with the newly elected NDP government of Gary Doer.

Oct. 24, 2000

Rowbotham goes grocery shopping with one of their sons at the Safeway in Selkirk, Man., that afternoon.

According to Stobbe, Rowbotham decides late that night to go back to Safeway. Stobbe testified that he fell asleep while Rowbotham went out, then woke up a few hours later to find she was still gone.

Oct. 25, 2000


Mark Stobbe has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Rowbotham's death. (CBC)

2:37 a.m.: Stobbe calls RCMP to report Rowbotham missing.

4:12 a.m.: Rowbotham's body is found in the family's Crown Victoria near a service station in Selkirk. She had 16 chop wounds to the head, with some of the blows going through her skull, according to autopsy results presented at trial.

10:10 a.m.: An RCMP officer begins taking Stobbe's statement. An audio recording of the 70-minute conversation was played in court.

May 2008

Stobbe is arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Rowbotham's death.

June 2008

Stobbe is released on bail.

Jan. 16, 2012

Stobbe's trial begins in Winnipeg. Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Chris Martin oversees the jury trial.

Jurors will go on to hear more than 100 hours of testimony from 80 witnesses, including Stobbe himself.

March 8, 2012

Stobbe begins testifying in his own defence. He undergoes six days of testimony — five of which involve cross-examination — before his testimony ends on March 15

March 21, 2012

Crown and defence lawyers finish making their closing arguments.

March 27, 2012

Martin gives jurors final instructions before they begin deliberating.

March 29, 2012

Jury finds Mark Stobbe not guilty of second-degree murder.