The jury is currently deliberating after the closing arguments.
DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE/AP) – A jury is now deliberating in the case of Mark Redwine after closing arguments began Thursday morning. Thursday marks day 18 of the trial.
Redwine is accused of killing his son Dylan and is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Dylan’s remains were found in 2013 a few miles from Redwine’s home.
The prosecution argued the Redwine’s strained relationship with his son was the catalyst for the murder. “Dylan started to realize things about his father, the incredible hatred he had for his mother and brother at times. The way he acted, the things he liked and their relationship had deteriorated incredibly over the past couple of months before the murder took place,” said Fred Dougherty, prosecuting attorney.
The prosecution said Dylan’s phone usage points the blame to Redwine because he was with Dylan when all the teen’s communication with family and friends stopped. They also pointed to blood found in the living room of Redwine’s home. They say the blood was found under the carpet and believe there was an effort to clean it up.
The defense claims that blood came from a simple cut and the so-called murder was the result of an attack by a wild animal. The defense argued a lack of DNA evidence, lack of a weapon, uncertainty about Dylan’s cause of death, and lack of motive should lead to an acquittal. “You may not like the pictures of Mr. Redwine and you may not approve of the way he handled himself during the search for his son. You may not approve of a lot of the things he’s done. But if they don’t know what happened you don’t know what happened,” says Justin Bogan, Defense attorney.
The defense also argued Redwine wouldn’t have had time to commit the crime and go to work the next day. Dylan’s remains were found north of Vallecito Reservoir in a rugged part of the mountain about 8 to 10 miles from Redwine’s home, months after his disappearance.
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A man who worked with Redwine in 2012 testified Wednesday that Redwine spoke highly of his son. “He showed me pictures of his son playing baseball, sliding into second base, batting. I think he was going to take off from first base or something. I couldn’t get a word in with him, the minute he started talking about it, he was so happy. It, like he was his pride and joy,” said Freddy Cracium.
On cross-examination, Cracium says he never actually met Dylan, nor did he visit Redwine’s Vallecito home while Dylan was there. Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.
Tuesday the defense presented its case in the trial, and a forensics expert from the Netherlands was brought in and talked about evidence found at the scene. Prosecutors spent much of Tuesday questioning his expertise. According to The Associated Press, defense attorneys are trying to put in doubt prosecution testimony that the boy’s blood likely was found in his father’s home after the boy disappeared.
Redwine’s son Dylan cut his finger and bled in the living room of his father’s La Plata County home a year before Dylan disappeared, according to The Associated Press. The Denver Post reports that Karen Alexander, Redwine’s former girlfriend, said she saw Dylan cut his finger and that he bled onto the floor of the living room around Labor Day 2011.
Mark Redwine is being charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. If convicted, he could face up to 48 years in prison.