The father of murdered Colorado boy Dylan Redwine has appealed his murder conviction, citing several different alleged issues that supposedly happened during his trial.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Mark Redwine, the divorced father of a 13-year-old slain boy, Dylan Redwine, murdered his son in November 2012 and hid the child’s remains in the woods. Prosecutors said that Redwine killed his son in a fit of rage over photos showing him dressed in women’s underwear while eating feces from a diaper.
Earlier this year, Redwine was convicted of murder and sentenced to 48 years in prison.
On Monday, Redwine’s lawyers filed an appeal on his behalf, citing several issues they had with the first trial. According to the filing, the defense had issues with the objections at trial, the sentencing, and the “sufficiency of evidence,” NBC 9 News reports.
Redwine has maintained his innocence from the beginning, claiming that he left his home near Durango, Colorado, to run errands and returned home to find his son missing. Dylan was visiting his father during Thanksgiving break after a judge ordered the visitation.
Court documents indicate that both Dylan and his older brother Corey viewed compromising photos of Redwine that appeared to show him eating feces from a diaper. The prosecution said a fight broke out between Dylan and his father when the boy confronted him about the photos.
“A damaged relationship, exposed with compromising photographs, photographs in the hands of a 13-year-old who is disgusted by it, which triggered a violent rage in the defendant,” Prosecutor Fred Johnson said during Redwine’s trial.
In late 2012, volunteer search teams and authorities began scouring the area around Redwine’s home for months. The search proved to be difficult since Durango is at an elevation of 6,512 feet with steep canyons and mountains.
In June 2013, searchers found a few of Dylan’s bones in a secluded spot near Redwine’s home. Searchers found his remains in an area difficult to get to, especially for a young boy or for someone who doesn’t know the area well.
According to the prosecution, the remains were found off an ATV trail on Middle Mountain Road in Vallecito, an area the suspect is allegedly familiar with.
Investigators also found Dylan’s blood inside Redwine’s residence, in several different locations. Cadaver dogs picked up death scents in the laundry room, living room, and kitchen.
Although investigators didn’t initially see blood in Redwine’s home, they found several spots of blood in the living room after using luminol.
Two years later, in November 2015, a couple stumbled upon a human skull that turned out to be Dylan’s. Experts indicated that they noticed blunt force trauma to the skull.
The discovery happened three months after Mark Redwine was officially called a person of interest in the case. A few years later, in 2017, Redwine was arrested in Washington and charged with second-degree murder and child abuse.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and child abuse. Redwine previously said he intended to file the appeal due to a “fake conviction.”
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[Feature Photo: Dylan Redwine/Handout]