David Woods guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

A Saskatoon jury has found David Wood guilty of killing his estranged wife, Dorothy Woods.

Dorothy's family comforted one another and wept as the guilty verdict was delivered


A Saskatoon jury has found David Woods guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife Dorothy Woods. 

Dorothy Woods family and friends were present. They wept and comforted each other after the guilty verdict was read.

Before Justice Martel Popescul sentenced Woods, Crown Prosecutor Michael Segu read a victim impact statement on behalf of Dorothy's brother, Lawrence Carter.

"My feelings were deeply hurt by the false portrayal of Dorothy," the statement said, painting a picture of a loving, creative mother and sister. 

"I am shattered and emotionally drained and have been for the longest time," it continued.

Justice Popescul sentenced Woods to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, as Dorothy loved ones cheered. 

The Crown contended Woods strangled and beat Dorothy before dumping her body in a culvert south of Saskatoon. 

On the stand, Woods spoke about his disintegrating marriage while the Crown highlighted Dorothy's multiple affairs, suggesting it motivated her husband to kill her. 

Woods' lawyer, Michael Nolin, argued there was no DNA evidence to convict Woods and that the Crown's case relied too much on circumstantial evidence. 

"Certainly he is very disappointed and he still maintains his innocence so I suspect you'll see an appeal in the future," said Nolin after sentencing.

The jury, made up of nine women and three men, deliberated for most of the day Thursday. A guilty verdict came shorty after 8 p.m. CST Thursday. 

"I was pleased that we had an extremely attentive jury that took their duty seriously and paid very close attention to a significant amount of detailed evidence," Segu said. 

with files from Madeline Kotzer