Judge Finds Probable Cause In DeWild Murder Case

Decision On Mary Roseanne DeWild Pending

Daniel DeWild will face trial in the murder of his estranged wife, Heather.

In December, a grand jury indicted DeWild, his twin brother David DeWild and David’s wife, Mary Roseanne DeWild on charges of first-degree murder after deliberation and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

On Friday, Jefferson County District Court Judge Christopher Munch found probable cause that both Daniel and David committed first-degree murder and conspired to commit murder.

“It’s reasonable to assume some sort of agreement to engage in criminal conduct toward Heather,” Munch said.

But the judge said he was not inclined to find probable cause that Mary Roseanne committed murder.

“There is plenty of probable cause that she was an accessory after the fact,” Munch said. “And that she aided in the disposal (of the body) and told numerous lies, but the indictment was not for accessory.”

Heather DeWild disappeared on July 24, 2003.

She was in the process of getting a divorce.

According to court documents, Daniel DeWild went to Heather’s parent’s house to try to reconcile with her, but she declined.

He became enraged and left in a fit of anger.

Two days later, he’s alleged to have created a ruse to get Heather to go to his house in Edgewater.

She thought she was going to sign a mortgage check and to pick up some insurance cards for their children.

She was never seen alive again.

Her body was found about a month and a half later in Clear Creek Canyon.

Family members and friends of the victim, and of the three suspects, filled the courtroom Friday afternoon awaiting the judge’s decision.

Munch said he will continue to look at Mary Roseanne’s case and will issue an opinion on probable cause by Wednesday.

Heather DeWild’s sister, Rebecca Barger, said she’s grateful that the case is moving forward.

“It’s a little stressful,” she said, “Because we don’t know what the outcome is going to be... but we’re happy that it is going to trial. We’re very thankful for that.”

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