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Defense lays out an alternate theory of how Dylan Redwine died

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Multiple delays and four years after he was arrested and charged with his son's murder, yet another trial began Monday for Mark Redwine.

Following jury selection, opening statements for the trial of Mark Redwine took place Monday in La Plata county, near Durango.

Dylan Redwine was reported missing in November of 2012. According to the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, the 13-year-old boy was visiting his father, Mark Redwine, during a court-ordered custody visit in Vallecito.

For roughly a year, search parties were organized and vigils were held in hope of bringing Dylan back home. In June 2013, however, investigators found his remains on a mountain near his father's home. The official cause of death was originally listed as undetermined before the La Plata County Coroner changed the cause of death to homicide.

In August 2015, the sheriff's office identified the person of interest in Dylan's death as Redwine.

Although, it wasn't until 2017 when Redwine was arrested and charged with second degree murder and child abuse.

The trial was pushed back following a mistrial in 2020 due to a COVID-19 outbreak on Redwine's defense team.

On Monday, the prosecution laid out their case explaining how they believe Redwine murdered his son.

The prosecution said they believe Redwine killed Dylan because he found incriminating photos of his father wearing women's clothes and participating in lude acts.

The defense team, however, offered alternate explanations for Dylan's death, including an animal attack and that he was murdered by someone else.

Redwine's defense team, however, say he is innocent and point to an animal attack being the cause of Dylan's death.

The defense argued they couldn't take a closer look at Dylan's bones because they claim the evidence was destroyed.

Redwine's public defender also questioned the prosecution's timeline. The defense said a mail carrier that delivered to the family and knew Dylan, claims she "absolutely saw him alive" after the date the prosecution alleges he died.


DENVER (AP) - The trial for a father accused of killing his 13-year-old son in 2012 is expected to begin Monday afternoon in Colorado.

Mark Redwine has pleaded not guilty for allegedly killing his son Dylan, who disappeared in November 2012 near Durango, Colorado during a court-ordered visit.

Redwine told investigators he left Dylan at home to run errands and returned to find him missing. He faces up to 48 years in prison for charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

The case drew national attention when Redwine and the boy’s mother leveled accusations at each other on the “Dr. Phil” television show in 2013.

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    1. I guess he’s already been tried and found guilty in your forum.
      I’m not saying he’s not guilty necessarily, but it would be nice to consider the evidence in its entirety, and whether there really is any reasonable doubt.

    2. At first i thought the same thing but now i think the boy and dad got into a argument and the boy left into the elements, when they found the body it was late in the season / snow melting..not to mention IF the dad kill his kill I think he would have tried to hide it better.

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