Mark Redwine was convicted Friday of second-degree murder and child abuse charges in the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan Redwine.
The verdict comes nearly a decade after the boy’s death and after years of investigation and court proceedings. During a five-week trial, prosecutors alleged Redwine, 59, killed Dylan while the boy was on a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit to Redwine’s house outside of Durango. Prosecutors said Redwine killed his son during a fit of rage after the child confronted him about photos that showed Redwine eating feces out of a diaper.
Investigators found traces of what is likely Dylan’s blood in Redwine’s living room, but Redwine’s defense attorneys said it’s impossible to know when the blood was deposited on the couch, under the rug and on a coffee table. A former girlfriend of Redwine testified that she saw the boy cut his finger in the living room in 2011.
In closing arguments Thursday, Redwine’s defense attorney said the case was circumstantial and that it was more likely that Dylan ran away and was killed by a wild animal.
Dylan’s disappearance drew national attention and sparked large search and rescue missions, but none of his remains were recovered until 2013. Some of his bones were found about eight miles from Redwine’s house that year. In 2015, part of his skull was found about 1.5 miles from the other bones.
The jury started deliberating Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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