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Denver7 legal analyst on Dylan Redwine case: Most harmful evidence against father is son's blood

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 19:48:43-04

DENVER -- In less than 24 hours, Mark Redwine, a Colorado father accused of killing his teenage son, will stand before a judge in Washington state.

Redwine was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Wash., after a grand jury indicted him on charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in connection with the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan Redwine.

Almost five years after the boy disappeared, prosecutors say they now have the man they believe is responsible for the killing.

Denver7 legal analyst Dan Recht reviewed the grand jury indictment that was released after the suspect was arrested.

Speaking with Denver7 chief investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski, Recht said the prosecution has a good amount of damning evidence.

“To you, what is the most damning evidence the prosecution has right now?” asked Kovaleski.

“The most harmful evidence the prosecution has right against Mark Redwine is Dylan’s blood found in many places in Mark’s house and truck,” said Recht.

Redwine’s arrest and details revealed in the indictment confirmed to family members what they believed since Dylan disappeared back in November 2012, shortly after the teenager arrived in La Plata County for a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit with his dad.

The indictment states that Betsy Horvath, Mark Redwine’s ex-wife, had voiced concerned that Mark may have hurt his own son.

She told investigators during an interview that Mark had previously said that if he ever had to get rid of a body, he would leave it out in the mountains.

Horvath and Redwine were married for six years and had two children together. When they divorced, there was a custody dispute.

When asked by Denver7 if she believed Mark killed his son, she replied, "Absolutely, because he was violent."

When Kovaleski asked how strong the case against Redwine was given the evidence, Recht said it was a strong circumstantial case.

“When you start to put all the pieces together, it starts to look like a convincing puzzle,” Recht told Kovaleski.

Redwine is scheduled for his first court appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday at 3 p.m., where he will officially learn he’s charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Each charge could bring 48 years in prison.

Redwine will also have to answer if he will waive extradition. If he says yes, that will get him back to Colorado faster and start the speed trial clock.

IN-DEPTH: Read previous coverage of the Redwine investigation