DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE/AP) – Mark Redwine, the Colorado man accused of killing his son Dylan, is back in the courtroom on Wednesday for day three of his murder trial. The mother of Dylan Redwine took the stand Wednesday in her ex-husband’s trial.
Mark Redwine is accused of killing Dylan when he was just 13-years-old during a court-ordered visit back in 2021. Dylan’s mother took the stand and told the jury what her son was like.
“Dylan was sweet, he was funny, he was charismatic. He was really empathetic, he really cared about people and their feelings. Very sweet, sweet boy,” said Dylan’s mother Elaine Hall.
Elaine told jurors about Dylan boarding a flight from Colorado Springs in November 2012 for a court-ordered visit with his father in Vallecito. Dylan disappeared during that visit, his skull was found in the mountains three years later. Elaine testified how Dylan would spend time alone in Vallecito and get bored and did not look forward to visiting his dad.
In emails to Elaine leading up to the trip, Mark complained how Dylan hadn’t talked much with him. “I guess Dylan wasn’t communicating the way Mark wanted to him to communicate. I always got a lot of grief from mark about Dylan not communicating,” said Elaine.
The jury also saw surveillance video of the last time Dylan was seen outside a Walmart during that visit with his father. Prosecutors argue Mark killed his son in a rage when Dylan learned of compromising photos of his dad.
The defense says Dylan knew of the photos long before this visit. They argue a wild animal is responsible for his death.
On Tuesday, the prosecution brought several of Dylan’s childhood friends to the stand with some testifying that Dylan did not want the court-ordered visit with his father. First to take the stand on Tuesday was Dylan Redwine’s best friend Ryan Nava.
Redwine’s trial had been postponed nearly a dozen times since he was arrested in 2017. Last year, a judge declared a mistrial in the case stemming from allegations by the district attorney surrounding a phone call Redwine’s attorney made from the La Plata County jail.
Jury selection wrapped up Monday morning and the trial’s opening statements began afterward. If convicted Redwine faces up to 48 years in prison.