Red­wine ar­rest came too late for many

Father charged in 2012 mur­der of his 13-year-old son

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

Jus­tice is fi­nally be­ing done for 13-year-old Dy­lan Red­wine now that his father is go­ing to court in con­nec­tion with the boy’s 2012 mur­der, Colorado law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

But many are ask­ing: Why now?

Dy­lan dis­ap­peared dur­ing a court-man­dated Novem­ber 2012 visit with his father, Mark Red­wine, who lives near Du­rango. A year later, some of Dy­lan’s re­mains were found spread across a moun­tain­side. But it wasn’t un­til Satur­day that he was ar­rested in Wash­ing­ton state af­ter a grand jury in­dicted him on charges of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and child abuse.

“The loss of this young man has been very trau­matic for our com­mu­nity, and I be­lieve we all share in the grief that Dy­lan’s mother, Elaine, and all of his loved ones are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing,” La Plata County Sher­iff Sean Smith said dur­ing a news conference Tues­day.

“Af­ter 4K years, I know many of you are ask­ing ques­tions about the length of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but I be­lieve it tells a pow­er­ful story by it­self,” he said. “This team put in count­less hours en­sur­ing that no stone was left un­turned, lit­er­ally, be­cause they were com­mit­ted to find­ing jus­tice for this 13-year-old young man who lost his life over the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day in 2012.”

Sixth Ju­di­cial Dis­trict At­tor­ney Chris­tian Cham­pagne said he could not go into de­tail on why Red­wine wasn’t ar­rested sooner, but he re­peat­edly pointed to Dy­lan’s skull, which showed signs of blunt-force trauma, as a turn­ing point. It was found in 2015. Other ev­i­dence — such as the fact that a ca­daver dog placed a dead body in Red­wine’s home and truck, as well as on his clothes — was col­lected in 2012.

Dy­lan’s mother, Elaine Hall, sug­gested in an in­ter­view with 9News that the elec­tion of both Smith and Cham­pagne brought a re­newed fo­cus on the case. Both de­nied that claim Tues­day, say­ing the work had been hap­pen­ing all along. In­stead, they in­sisted that it needed to be a long process to make sure the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was done right.

Smith said TV shows such as “CSI” make in­ves­ti­ga­tions ap­pear to progress quickly. But, he said, foren­sic labs and crit­i­cal anal­y­sis take a long time.

“What­ever amount of time it took to get there, we were will­ing to do it,” Cham­pagne said.

An ex­tra­di­tion re­quest should hit Gov. John Hick­en­looper’s desk Wed­nes­day morn­ing, he said. Once ap­proved, it would fall into the hands of the Wash­ing­ton gover­nor. Red­wine has the right to fight his ex­tra­di­tion.

Be­fore his dis­ap­pear­ance, Dy­lan and his father had quar­reled, and Dy­lan had seen com­pro­mis­ing pho­tos of his father, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment. He was also up­set by the way his father was talk­ing about Dy­lan’s mother and brother.

Red­wine and Hall had of­ten pointed fin­gers at each other, even ap­pear­ing on the TV show “Dr. Phil” in 2013. The two, who had gone through a con­tentious di­vorce, were in the midst of a cus­tody bat­tle. Red­wine told Hall he would “kill the kids be­fore he let her have them,” ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Through­out the nearly fiveyear in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Red­wine main­tained his in­no­cence. When Dy­lan’s re­mains, ex­clud­ing the skull, were found in 2013, Red­wine told The Den­ver Post: “I can­not wrap my head around it. You can never be pre­pared for some­thing like this.”

He was named a per­son of in­ter­est the next year.

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