On a rare occurrence, the doors to a Saskatchewan courtroom were opened to cameras Tuesday for the appeal of David Woods.
For just the third time in its history, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal broadcasted a hearing, this time through a live stream video.
Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the appeal judges reserved their decision on the matter with a written decision expected at a later date.
The public was able to hear and see the arguments being made by Woods, who was convicted of killing his wife Dorothy Woods in 2014.
Dorothy went missing in November 2011 and her body was discovered in a culvert near Blackstrap Lake the following January. She had been bludgeoned, strangled and wrapped in a plastic tarp.
The request for cameras was made by a media consortium, led by CBC Saskatchewan, which includes Rawlco Radio, Global Regina, CTV Regina, Harvard Broadcasting and the Canadian Press.
Cameras were first allowed inside the court in November 2015 to capture Douglas Hales’ unsuccessful appeal of his murder conviction in the death of Darlene Bosse.
The media was again granted access with cameras in April 2016 for Blaine Taypotat’s appeal of his manslaughter conviction for killing a conservation officer while impaired.
Woods’ appeal is based on what he says is the incompetence of both the trial judge and his lawyer.
The appeal’s video stream can be found below.
— With files from Sarah Mills and Jessie Anton