Jurors in the David Woods murder trial left the Saskatoon courtroom Wednesday to see, first hand, the culvert where the body of Dorothy Woods was found.
Woods is accused of the first-degree murder of his wife, Dorothy. She went missing from the couple's east-side home on the Remembrance Day weekend in 2011. Her body was discovered by police in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake, south of Saskatoon, two months later.
Wednesday's field trip was intended to give jurors a better sense of Crown's case.
"It's one thing to look at maps and pictures in a courtroom and another to follow the actual route that police say David Woods took to lead them to his wife's body in this culvert," prosecutor Michael Segu said.
Jurors were told the route they took to the culvert followed the same path tracked by police using a GPS device attached to Woods's half-ton truck.
The tracking device was being monitored by police investigators when they issued a vague press release suggesting they had found human remains outside of Saskatoon.
Jurors have already heard testimony about a Jan. 2, 2012 news release in which RCMP said that unidentified female human remains were located outside of Saskatoon. The release did not specify race or age, and it was widely reported by local media. On Jan. 3, Saskatoon police noticed that a tracking device on one of David's vehicles had gone south of the city on the day of the RCMP news release.
No signs of struggle in Woods home
Also on Wednesday, back in court after the field trip, jurors heard testimony from a police officer who searched the Woods home and said he found no signs of a struggle or blood.
Segu said he expects to call another seven witnesses in the case and will likely be done on Monday.