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COVID-19 leads to mistrial in murder case involving Monument teenager


DURANGO, Colo. (KRDO) -- A Durango judge granted a mistrial on Monday regarding a murder case from 2012 involving a father accused of killing his teenage son.

On Monday, defense attorneys for Mark Redwine requested that the judge grant a mistrial because members of their legal team have COVID-19 symptoms. After a brief deliberation, a mistrial was granted.

The judge released an order stating that "the Court has no choice but to grant D-180 and declare a mistrial to ensure that Mr. Redwine has effective assistance of counsel."

Elaine Hall, the mother of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine and ex-wife of the suspect, says she can't believe she is going through this again.

"My 13-year-old son, his life was taken with no regard and I think that he gets lost in the shuffle of all this and it saddens me deeply," Hall said.

She says since Redwine's arrest, there have been several delays and believes this latest one is just a tactic being used by defense attorneys to prevent justice from happening.

"We all have to move on and figure out what's going on and it's very difficult for our family to do that with this being delayed time and time again," Hall said.

Dylan went missing in 2012 after going to his father's house in Vallecito for a court order visit. Investigators began their search the next year, finding Dylan's remains near Redwine's home, including the teenager's skull.

When searching at Redwine's home, court documents reveal authorities found Dylan's blood throughout the property.

In 2017, Redwine was arrested in Washington and charged with Second Degree Murder and Child Abuse Resulting in Death.

As for what happens next in this case, a setting conference is scheduled for this Friday in which attorneys and the judge will discuss where the case goes from here.

Chase Golightly

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  1. What a tough place out government finds itself. Having to explain why the short-sided view of regularly not having enough personnel in the court system to manage and maintain the volume of the cases. Co-VID exacerbated this problem, and brought it to light, but this problem has existed for years now. The traditional thought process of allowing our government departments and corporations be governed solely by the finances department caused this. Because of our plutocracy, the wealthy forced our government to maintain an unrealistic belief that the court system should work off the economic system, and cutting positions to thin that budget has caused this.

    I feel for the accused, as well as the family as this is not able to be resolved, and will probably be another long, drawn out process again. If this does occur, I hope that justice prevails, based upon the evidence and the facts of the case. Being unresolved because of the Judicial system’s problems is neither the Accused, nor the Victim’s fault and neither deserve this to occur.

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