JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A jury that began deliberating Friday has reached a split verdict in the case of a man accused of killing his wife.
The jury convicted Daniel DeWild of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and of being an accessory to the murder. The judge declared a mistrial on the count of first-degree murder, and set a retrial on that count for Jan. 8.
DeWild is accused of killing his estranged wife Heather DeWild in July 2003, just days before their divorce was scheduled to be finalized.
The jury asked the judge three questions during their deliberations and also asked to see copies of some of the evidence. The questions were answered behind closed doors.
According to court documents, Daniel tried to reconcile his marriage by bringing flowers and a card to Heather at her parents' home July 22, 2003. She declined. He left in a fit of anger.
Two days later, Daniel is accused of creating a ruse to get Heather to come to his house, a grand jury report said. She thought she was going to sign a mortgage check and pick up insurance cards for their children. She brought her children, a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, because she didn't want to be alone with Daniel.
When interviewed by police the next day, the boy said he saw his father sneaking up behind his mother's back. The boy also told detectives that he didn't know why his parents were fighting.
Heather wasn't seen alive again.
Her body was found wrapped in plastic about six weeks later by a Department of Transportation worker moving dirt on Highway 6 between Golden and Black Hawk. The body was badly decomposed, but dental records confirmed that it was Heather. The coroner ruled that Heather's death was a homicide.
Daniel DeWild, his identical twin brother David DeWild and David's wife, Mary Roseanne DeWild, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder after deliberation and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in December 2011.
David DeWild pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit second degree murder. Charges were eventually dropped against Mary Roseanne DeWild.
After the verdict was announced, Mary Roseanne DeWild said she was stunned that her brother-in-law was not convicted.
“Surprised is not the word. Dumbfounded, shocked. There’s a thousand emotions," she said.
“After 10 years of waiting – we have to wait a little bit longer," said Heather's sister Rebecca Barger.