07/12/2012 12:51 EDT | Updated 09/10/2012 05:12 EDT

Mark Stobbe, acquitted in wife's death, parts ways with craft council

REGINA - The Saskatchewan Craft Council says it has parted ways with former executive director Mark Stobbe.

Stobbe had been on a six-month leave of absence during his trial for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Beverly Rowbotham.

Stobbe, a former political advisor to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow, was acquitted at the trial's conclusion at the end of March.

Officials with the craft council say Stobbe contributed a great deal to the success of the organization for the last five-and-a-half years.

Chairman Rodney Peterson says the decision was a mutual one between the council and Stobbe.

Peterson won't say who initiated the talks.

Stobbe was working for the Manitoba government in October 2000 when his wife was found bludgeoned to death in her car 15 kilometres away from the couple's home in St. Andrew's, Man.

Evidence suggested she was killed in her own backyard and her body taken there in the family car.

Her murder became one of the province's most puzzling unsolved crimes.