DYLAN REDWINE: Colorado vs. Mark Redwine for 2012 murder of 13-year-old son *GUILTY!*

Justice for Dylan Redwine: seven years and waiting

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Dylan Redwine disappeared seven years ago Tuesday in La Plata County, an event that prompted a yearslong investigation that led to the arrest of the boy’s father on suspicion of murder.

Dylan’s disappearance Nov. 19, 2012, and subsequent homicide investigation sparked national attention. The boy, 13, was last seen with his father, Mark Redwine, on surveillance footage at the Durango-La Plata County Airport and at Walmart in Durango.

“It’s kind of surreal,” said Elaine Hatfield-Hall, Dylan’s mother, in an interview Tuesday with The Durango Herald. “Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like it happened.”

Dylan’s last known whereabouts were at his father’s home, 2343 County Road 500, just north of Vallecito Reservoir. His last phone activity or communication was at 9:37 p.m. Nov. 18, 2012, when he sent text messages to a friend about plans to meet up.

Dylan’s friend sent a text at 6:46 the next morning asking, “where are you,” and received no response.

Investigators found the boy’s partial remains in June 2013 about 8 miles up Middle Mountain Road. Hikers found the boy’s skull in November 2015 about 1½ miles up Middle Mountain Road from where the rest of his remains were found.

Law enforcement arrested Mark Redwine, now 58, in July 2017 in Washington state and accused him of second-degree murder and child abuse. He has been incarcerated ever since at the La Plata County Jail.

Redwine’s trial date has been postponed at least three times in the past year. He is currently scheduled for a four-week trial in April 2020.

 
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GrandmaBear

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I remember this case, so sad, a boy goes off to visit his father and ends up dead.

Justice has been a long time coming in this case--I myself have opinions about the delays that occur and postponements of trials. Victims go through years of further agony because of it. Imo. May Dylan RIP.
 

Kimster

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Anytime I think of MR, I think of being behind the scenes of a radio show and having him on hold and talking to that sleazy POS. He's a disgusting pervert. I don't have anything good to say about him at all.

Dylan's Mom and brother are so sweet. I feel so terrible for them! I wish I could take the pain away.
 

GarAndMo39

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Justice has been a long time coming in this case--I myself have opinions about the delays that occur and postponements of trials. Victims go through years of further agony because of it. Imo. May Dylan RIP.
Agree! I wonder why the trial keeps getting postponed; has to be terribly frustrating for his mom and brother.
 

Ranch

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I never understood why it took LE so long to arrest Mark Redwine when they had tons of evidence to do so. They had blood evidence and HRD dog alerts very early in the case but waited over 4 years to make an arrest.

As they searched for evidence into the disappearance and death of the teenage boy, investigators found his blood in multiple locations inside his father’s home, including a couch, the corner of a coffee table, on the floor beneath a rug and on a love seat.

 

Ranch

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Agree! I wonder why the trial keeps getting postponed; has to be terribly frustrating for his mom and brother.
The trial was postponed because Redwine's public defender was arrested on domestic violence charges. He has since been re-appointed to represent him.

Moran withdrew from representing Redwine in August after his nonappearance at two court hearings last summer. His absences came after an arrest on accusations of domestic violence and weeks of approved administrative leave.

But prosecutors have since dropped charges against Moran, citing “insufficient evidence” to prosecute.
 

Ranch

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I'm assuming that Dylan's blood was discovered in Mark's home during the execution of the search warrant on November 29th 2012. Same with the incriminating "cadaver" or HRD dog alerts inside of Marks home and Dodge truck. Dylan disappeared on the 19th.

Why did LE wait 10 days to get a warrant to do a through forensic search of the house and truck?

I have a feeling the Mark's defense will be one of questionable LE evidence collection. Was the delay in the search because LE needed time to plant evidence? HRD dogs will alert to any source that they are trained to detect. They are not trained to alert to a singular individuals decomposing remains.

The La Plata County Sheriffs Office served a search warrant Thursday morning at the home of Mark Redwine, father of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who disappeared Nov. 19 while visiting his father during Thanksgiving week.

 

Kimster

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I'm assuming that Dylan's blood was discovered in Mark's home during the execution of the search warrant on November 29th 2012. Same with the incriminating "cadaver" or HRD dog alerts inside of Marks home and Dodge truck. Dylan disappeared on the 19th.

Why did LE wait 10 days to get a warrant to do a through forensic search of the house and truck?

I have a feeling the Mark's defense will be one of questionable LE evidence collection. Was the delay in the search because LE needed time to plant evidence? HRD dogs will alert to any source that they are trained to detect. They are not trained to alert to a singular individuals decomposing remains.



I would feel really concerned about it but after they did even a worse job McStay case and they got a conviction, hopefully it will all work out.
 

Ranch

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I found that the HRD dog alerts took place 9 months after Dylan disappeared. It will be interesting to see how the defense will use the long delay in using this forensic tool in finding incriminating evidence to their advantage.

I'm sure they will either push a planting scenario or a inept investigation that focused on Mark instead of the real killer.

A human-remains detection dog searched Redwine’s house Aug. 5, 2013, for the scent of a corpse. The dog, Molly, indicated the presence of cadaver scent in various locations of the home, including the living room and the washing machine.

 

GarAndMo39

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The trial was postponed because Redwine's public defender was arrested on domestic violence charges. He has since been re-appointed to represent him.


Interesting- thanks for the info!
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Colorado law passed with help of Dylan Redwine’s mom, now used in high-profile cases

A law passed with the help of Dylan Redwine’s mom is now making a difference in some high-profile cases. Redwine’s mom, Elaine Hatfield-Hall, was instrumental in getting the law passed.

“It’s kind of like deja vu,” said Hatfield-Hall. “It’s kind of like reliving Dylan’s status as missing and his murder all over again.”

Hatfield-Hall worked with Laura Saxton, whose daughter, Kelsie Schelling, was murdered and her body never found. They helped pass a new law, creating harsher penalties for tampering with a dead body.

“There was very little penalty for anyone who tampered with a corpse or evidence of any type of homicide,” said Hatfield-Hall. “Now, it’s a felony and it’s been used throughout Colorado almost on every murder case that we’ve seen. That’s really exciting for those of us that were, three of us really, that lost our children, that worked on this law.”

The law, § 18-8-610.5, makes tampering with a dead body a class 3 felony in Colorado, and those convicted can face up to 12 years in prison for each charge. It’s since been used in cases like the 2018 murders of the pregnant Shan’Ann Watts and daughters Bella and Celeste.

More recently, prosecutors say 11-year-old Gannon Stauch left his Colorado Springs home with his stepmom, Letecia Stauch, last month and never returned. Letecia is charged with his murder and tampering with a body and evidence. The search for his remains continues.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Trial for Mark Redwine, accused of killing son, Dylan, postponed as pandemic spreads

The trial of Mark Redwine, a Vallecito man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012, has been reset to begin May 26 as the COVID-19 pandemic surges through Colorado and the rest of the country.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys each said Thursday they’re ready to begin trial, which was scheduled to start April 2, but 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Jeffery Wilson ordered the trial reset to avoid unsettling prospective jurors or facilitating the spread of the coronavirus causing COVID-19.

The court plans to summon hundreds of people as potential jurors.

“The court is concerned about public health,” Wilson said. “The community is severely concerned about COVID-19.”
 

Kimster

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Trial for Mark Redwine, accused of killing son, Dylan, postponed as pandemic spreads

The trial of Mark Redwine, a Vallecito man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012, has been reset to begin May 26 as the COVID-19 pandemic surges through Colorado and the rest of the country.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys each said Thursday they’re ready to begin trial, which was scheduled to start April 2, but 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Jeffery Wilson ordered the trial reset to avoid unsettling prospective jurors or facilitating the spread of the coronavirus causing COVID-19.

The court plans to summon hundreds of people as potential jurors.

“The court is concerned about public health,” Wilson said. “The community is severely concerned about COVID-19.”
I was thinking about this case just the other day and that this is just exactly what was going to happen. Dylan's family has waited long enough! But I understand the reasoning behind this delay.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Mark Redwine’s trial is again delayed because of coronavirus

The trial for Mark Redwine, who was arrested nearly three years ago for allegedly killing his 13-year-old son, has once again been postponed because of complications with the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 5, the Supreme Court of Colorado suspended all jury trials in Colorado, based on health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, namely, by avoiding large gatherings of people.

Anticipating the order, 6th Judicial District Judge Jeffery Wilson held a conference hearing for Redwine on April 20, pushing his trial date back to July 8.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Trial delayed again for father suspected of killing Dylan Redwine

Once again, the trial has been delayed for Mark Redwine, who was arrested nearly three years ago for allegedly killing his 13-year-old son.

Redwine was scheduled to start a 28-day trial July 8.

The Colorado Supreme Court this month, however, extended a ban on jury trials until Aug. 3 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, necessitating another push back in Redwine’s long-awaited trial.

After a brief discussion Tuesday between prosecutors, Redwine’s defense attorneys and Judge Jeffery Wilson, who is overseeing the case, a new trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 28.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Mother of Dylan Redwine pushed new law now used in high-profile crimes

Though the pain of losing her son will never heal, Elaine Hall said a law she helped pass, making tampering with a deceased body a felony, offers at least a little respite.

“The healing process is obviously day-by-day, and I’m not sure I’ll ever fully heal,” Hall said. “But ... seeing it used, I’m happy with that. It puts some meat behind the other charges.”



In 2016, their efforts were successful, elevating tampering with a body from a misdemeanor to a Class 3 felony. The charge now carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison, and is usually tacked onto more serious crimes, like murder.

A report in the Montrose Daily Press in January said there have been 34 charges and 12 convictions for tampering with a deceased body since it became a felony in 2016.

The charge was used in the case of Chris Watts, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters.

In March, Letecia Stauch, who is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson earlier this year, was also charged with tampering with a deceased body, according to KKTV 11 News.

Sixth Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne said it is important to make the crime a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

“When we see someone who is doing inappropriate things with the remains of our loved ones, I think it strikes many people as a very serious crime,” he said.


For Hall, she said she’s happy to have helped future victims get more justice.

“We knew our children were victims, and there was no severe penalty in Colorado for tampering with remains,” she said. “We felt it needed to be more severe.”
 

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