The sisters of Beverly Rowbotham were shocked when a jury yesterday acquitted Mark Stobbe, who had been charged with second-degree murder in Rowbotham's death.
"I was absolutely shocked. I was stunned, flabbergasted," Betty Rowbotham said of the jury's not-guilty verdict. "I didn't see it coming at all.
"I was expecting a guilty verdict."
Rowbotham and her sister Barb Kilpatrick spoke to reporters in a hotel conference room near the airport.
They found no fault with the RCMP investigation and called Crown attorneys Wendy Dawson and Autumn Netting "strong warrior women" for their prosecution of the case.
Stobbe cannot be tried again for his wife's murder, unless the Crown is successful in a bid for an appeal. The Crown has 30 days to decide whether to recommend to Manitoba Justice to review the transcript of the trial to determine if there are grounds to file an appeal.
Read their statement
The written statement released today by Betty Rowbotham and Barb Kilpatrick in reaction to the acquittal of Mark Stobbe for their sister’s murder:
Thank you for coming out to this conference.
We are shocked, devastated and very disappointed in the outcome.
This has been a very long and arduous quest for justice for Bev.
Our family remains strong, united and resilient. We will continue to seek justice.
We are focusing on celebrating Bev’s life and in keeping her memory alive. As aunties we will do everything in our power to ensure her sons know what a wonderful strong caring woman she was.
We feel honoured to have had two strong "warrior" women, Wendy Dawson and Autumn Netting pursuing justice for Bev. We thank you.
We will always be grateful and have tremendous respect for the dedication and persistence of the R.C.M. Police.
We wish to thank the community, family and friends for the support they have shown the family. We are deeply grateful.
-Betty Rowbotham, Barb Kilpatrick