03/08/2012 04:25 EST | Updated 03/08/2012 07:37 EST

Mark Stobbe Testifying At Murder Trial


Mark Stobbe, a former political advisor in Saskatchewan and Manitoba who is accused of killing his wife, is testifying in his own defence at his murder trial Thursday afternoon in Winnipeg.

Stobbe is on trial for one count of second-degree murder in the death of Beverly Rowbotham in October 2000. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Rowbotham, 42, was found dead in her car at a gas station near Selkirk, Man. Stobbe was arrested in May 2008 in connection with her death.

Since Stobbe's trial began on Jan. 16, the Crown has argued that Stobbe attacked his wife with a hatchet during an argument in the yard of their property in St. Andrews, Man.

The Crown argues that Stobbe then carried Rowbotham's body to a car in the garage, drove to Selkirk, then bicycled back home to report her missing.

As Stobbe began testifying on Thursday, defence lawyer Tim Killeen asked Stobbe if he killed Rowbotham, if he cleaned up the yard afterwards, and if he moved Rowbotham's body to Selkirk.

"No, I did not," Stobbe said in response to all three questions.

Stobbe had worked as a high-ranking adviser to former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow before moving to Manitoba in the spring of 2000 for a job with the newly elected NDP government of Gary Doer.