Dylan Redwine disappeared in November 2012. His father was charged with murder five years later, and since then the case has been delayed several times.
The father accused of the death of his 13-year-old son in 2012 is scheduled to face trial almost nine years later.
Mark Redwine is charged with second degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. The partial remains of his son from the Dylan Redwine were found on an ATV trail on a remote Colorado mountain highway eight miles from his father’s home in June 2013.
Mark Redwine wasn’t indicted for his son’s murder until 2017, and he was arrested in Washington while he was working as a long-haul trucker. Since then, the legal process against him has been marred with delays caused by everything from his attorney’s arrest to the COVID-19 pandemic to his defense team apparently displaying symptoms of the virus.
A jury was selected just after noon on Monday and arguments will now begin in Mark Redwine’s trial at the La Plata County Courthouse. Opening statements are slated for 2:30 p.m.
Mark Redwine and his ex-wife, Elaine Hall, had a contentious divorce, but shared custody of their 13-year-old son Dylan.
On November 18, 2012, the boy flew to Durango for a court-ordered visit with his father. This was also the last day Dylan Redwine was seen alive.
According to the 2017 indictment, surveillance video showed Dylan Redwine and his father going to Walmart and McDonald’s before returning to Mark Redwine’s home in Bayfield, a community about 30 minutes east of Durango.
The final communication sent by Dylan Redwine was a text message to meet a friend the next morning. He was not heard from again.
The indictment says Dylan Redwine fought with his father on a previous visit, and that the boy found “compromising” photos of Mark Redwine that upset the 13-year-old and created a deeper rift between them.
What happened the night of Dylan Redwine’s disappearance is not known. According to the indictment, Dylan Redwine’s blood was found in the living room of his father’s home, and a cadaver dog signaled that human remains had been near his father’s truck bed and on the clothes he said he was wearing the night his son disappeared.
Dylan Redwine was a missing person until June 2013, when searchers found part of his body eight miles up the road from his father’s house. According to the indictment, Mark Redwine had an ATV and was familiar with the road. Prosecutors said he was also seen driving on it before Dylan Redwine’s remains were found.
According to the indictment, Dylan’s half-brother recounted a conversation with his father in June 2013, when he said Mark Redwine mentioned “blunt force trauma several times and discussed how investigators would have to find the rest of the body, including the skull, before they could determine the cause of death.”
The boy’s skull wasn’t found until 2015, about a mile 1/2 up the road from the other remains, prosecutors said.
An autopsy found there was evidence of blunt force trauma.
The investigation into Mark Redwine
It took five years for Mark Redwine to be taken into custody, and it wasn’t because of a single smoking gun piece of evidence.
Instead, it involved a review by prosecutors and investigators from Boulder, Denver and Jefferson counties — as well as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office — to ultimately secure an indictment.
In a January 2013 interview with 9Wants to Know, Mark Redwine denied any involvement in his son’s disappearance.
Despite the evidence, the La Plata County district attorney chose to hold off, instead waiting for enough to secure a conviction.
This ultimately led to the collaboration with other prosecutors. They eventually shared their evidence with a grand jury, which is a group of ordinary citizens who meet in secret to hear testimony, examine evidence, ask questions and decide whether criminal charges are warranted.
And in July 2017, they decided they were indeed warranted in the case against Mark Redwine.
A long legal process
Redwine was arrested in Bellingham, Washington and later extradited to Colorado, where he has been detained and awaiting trial for more than three years.
Mark Redwine’s trial was postponed for the first time in November 2018 while a judge worked to rule on a series of pre-trial motions.