MARK REDWINE APPEARS IN COURT FOR FIRST TIME
He allegedly murdered his 13-year-old son in 2012
Dylan Nicholas Redwine went missing during a Thanksgiving visit to his father’s home in Vallecito more than 4K years ago.
On Monday, his father, Mark Allen Redwine, a long-haul trucker, appeared on a video screen in a Bellingham, Wash., courtroom for his first court appearance since he was arrested Friday night on charges that he killed his son.
Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich began by asking Redwine if he understood why he had been detained in Whatcom County, Wash.
“Well,” Redwine, 55, began before a public defender cut him off, hit a mute button on the video phone and spoke with him for a moment. Redwine had no questions once the attorney unmuted the video.
Heydrich set bail at $1 million. He has not waived an extradition hearing, but he can do so anytime before his next court hearing on Aug. 17. In the meantime, Whatcom officials await a warrant from Gov. John Hickenlooper requesting Redwine be returned to Colorado.
The story of Dylan’s disappearance gained national attention when the search for the missing teen wore on for months. Dylan’s mother, Elaine Hall, and Redwine had been going through a heated divorce and custody battle, and they lashed out at each other on a two-part episode of “Dr. Phil” TV show in 2013.
Some of Dylan’s remains were found that summer off a twisting mountain road about 8 miles from Redwine’s home. Hikers in rough terrain found the boy’s skull about 1K miles from the first site in 2015. The skull had “two small markings consistent with tool marks from a knife, not caused by animal or natural cause,” according to a grand jury indictment in La Plata County, where Redwine is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in a death.
Police pulled over Redwine’s truck around 10:40 p.m. Friday on Orchard Drive in Bellingham, where he was making a delivery. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail.
On Monday Whatcom County prosecutor Dave McEachran summarized a probable cause statement in front of Heydrich
and seven news camera crews. Redwine showed little reaction.
The indictment revealed new evidence in the case against Redwine:
Blood was found on a loveseat in Redwine’s living room, and tested as a match with Dylan’s DNA. Other blood samples — on a coffee table, on a couch and on the floor under a rug — could not be ruled out as matches to Dylan’s DNA.
A cadaver dog found the scent of a dead body in the living room, in a washing machine and on the clothes Redwine said he’d worn that night in November 2012. The dog found a cadaver odor in Redwine’s pickup, too, in early 2014.
The first set of remains was found a mile past a seasonal gate that closes in winter, about 100 yards off an ATV trail. Redwine owned an ATV and he was familiar with that mountain road.
One of Redwine’s exwives reported hearing Redwine say if he ever needed to get rid of a body, he’d leave it in the mountains. He told her, too, that he would “kill the kids before he let her have them.”
Mark Redwine makes his first appearance with deputy public defender Maialisa Vanyo in court via video from jail in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday.
Media crowded the courtroom in Bellingham.