After discovering lurid photographs, a father in the United States murdered his son.
In the 2012 disappearance of his 13-year-old son, a Colorado father was convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
On Friday, a jury found Mark Redwine, 59, guilty of the charges.
Redwine was indicted in 2017 in connection with Dylan Redwine’s disappearance on November 19, 2012, while on a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit to his father’s home outside Durango.
Dylan Redwine’s remains were discovered in 2013 a few kilometers from his father’s home, and his skull was discovered in 2015 by hikers.
Prosecutors contended that Redwine murdered Dylan in a fit of rage following an altercation over humiliating photos of Redwine wearing women’s lingerie and eating faeces from a nappy. Dylan’s older brother testified that he discovered the photographs prior to his disappearance.
Redwine, who did not testify at the trial, told investigators he left Dylan alone at home while he ran errands and returned to discover him missing. Defense attorneys contended that the photographs had nothing to do with Dylan Redwine’s death and that the boy fled and was possibly killed by a wild animal.
The case gained national attention in 2013 after Redwine and the boy’s mother, Elaine Hall, exchanged accusations during appearances on the syndicated Dr. Phil show.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors emphasized the compromising photos of Redwine, arguing that the father-son relationship had deteriorated long before Dylan vanished. Prosecutors also emphasized Dylan’s comments to family and friends about his fear of the court-ordered visit.
Meanwhile, in closing arguments, Redwine’s defense stated that expert testimony established that Dylan’s skull was still in a peri-mortem state in 2015. That means it retained its elasticity and wetness for three years before it was discovered, making it vulnerable to environmental factors such as animal scavenging.
Redwine was arrested in Bellingham, Washington in 2017 as a result of a grand jury indictment. Prosecutors asserted at the time that “compromising photographs” were a source of contention between Redwine and Dylan. They made no further explanations.
Redwine’s trial has been delayed until 2020, and a judge has granted several mistrials due to COVID-19 restrictions.