DENVER – A La Plata County jury on Friday found Mark Redwine guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of his son, Dylan Redwine, who disappeared in November 2012.
The jury deliberated for roughly 6 ½ hours Thursday afternoon and Friday before reaching its verdict following more than four weeks of trial arguments. The courtroom gasped when the jury read the guilty verdict on the murder count.
Some of Dylan’s remains were found about 10 miles from his father’s home in June 2013, according to an indictment, and his skull was found more than two years later in November 2015 about a mile and a half away from the first location.
Mark Redwine was arrested in 2017 in connection with the case.
During the trial and closing arguments, prosecutor Michael Dougherty argued Dylan and Mark’s relationship was frayed by the time Dylan flew to Durango to visit his father, and that Mark killed his son in a fit of rage just hours later during an argument.
He said Mark Redwine killed and dismembered his son, scattered his skull up Middle Mountain Road, and argued evidence showed signs of blunt force and sharp force injuries on Dylan’s remains.
Dougherty argued that Mark Redwine became enraged and killed his son after Dylan confronted him about photos allegedly showing Mark eating feces and wearing women's lingerie. Dylan's mother had been granted custody nine months earlier, and Mark's relationship with his son was said to have been deteriorating.
Justin Bogan, Mark Redwine’s public defender, used the circumstantial evidence to tell the jury that the evidence did not support Mark killing his son – saying the prosecution’s evidence was “so thin” and telling jurors that prosecutors were asking them to speculate in finding a verdict.
But the jury took little time in reaching the unanimous guilty verdicts on both counts.
The judge set Redwine’s sentencing date for Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. Both counts Redwine was convicted on are Class 2 felonies, which carry potential prison sentences of up to 48 years.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.