The prosecution and defense will be making final arguments to the jury today at the David Woods murder trial.

Woods is accused of killing his wife Dorothy in 2011 and hiding her body in a culvert south of Saskatoon.

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It's expected the judge will give his instructions to the jury on Thursday. 

Daughter says mother was home

Late Tuesday afternoon, Woods' daughter Katelyn took the stand.

She testified her mother was at home the night police believe she disappeared.

After she went to bed, Katelyn testified she heard the front door open and close. She assumed it was her mother going to the bar.

She told the court she didn't hear any arguing between her mother and father that night, and that she heard her father snoring as she was going to bed.

The 18-year-old testified she had once had a strong relationship with her mother, but that had changed in recent months.

"She just didn't want to do anything with me anymore," Katelyn Woods said.

Katelyn testified her mother had been drinking heavily in the months before her mother disappeared, and would occasionally ask her to stay home from school, to look after the children in Woods' home-based daycare.

Lying to police

Earlier in the day, David Woods was cross-examined by the crown prosecutor. 

Woods admitted to lying to police repeatedly in the days after his wife's disappearance.

He told police he believed his wife had left the house with a makeup bag, when he had thrown it into a garbage can in the backyard. 

Woods also told police Dorothy had a number of credit cards when in fact he had placed them in a locked toolbox in the garage.

Woods also didn't tell police he and his wife had entered into an 'open relationship' in April of 2011.

"You were deliberately lying on multiple occasions to the very people who might be able to locate Dorothy," said crown prosecutor Michael Segu.

"They were just playing me," Woods responded. "They weren't trying to help me."

A mysterious note

Prosecutor Michael Segu also asked Woods about a mysterious note left on his truck in January 2012.

On the stand, he testified he had gone out to lunch that day with his brother and his children and when he came outside there was a note on his truck windshield. 

The note directed him to take a drive south on Highway 11, and that he would find information concerning his missing wife.

Woods says he then took a drive to Blackstrap Lake. He didn't know that police had placed a GPS tracker on his truck.

That trip led police to his wife's body. 

Police believe he drove through the area after local media reported that a body had been found outside the city

According to Woods, the note has since gone missing.  When asked why Woods didn't tell police or family members about the note, he says it didn't seem important at the time.

"I didn't find anything (during the trip)" said Woods. "Why would I tell anyone?"

Prosecutor Segu compared the note to a 'unicorn', saying Woods was the only one who had seen it.


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