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04/19/12 4:54 PM
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04/19/12 5:43 PM
DENVER (CBS4) – A woman accused of helping her husband cover up a murder will not face murder charges, but she’s not off the hook.
Instead Roseanne DeWild will stand trial on charges of accessory to murder and conspiracy.
Prosecutors say she helped her husband and his brother cover up the murder of Heather DeWild in 2003.
Daniel DeWild, Heather DeWild’s estranged husband, and his brother, David, face first-degree murder charges.http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/03/15/roseanne-dewild-avoids-murder-charge-but-not-off-the-hook/
10/19/12 12:27 AM
10/19/12 1:09 AM
10/19/12 1:15 AM
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - She said her husband proposed to prevent her testifying in a murder case. Now, charges against Mary Roseanne DeWild are being dropped.
DeWild, her husband, David DeWild, and her husband's twin brother, Daniel DeWild, were indicted last year for the murder of Daniel's wife, Heather.
David DeWild, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second degree murder on Aug. 2.
Daniel DeWild goes on trial next month.
Roseanne said the marriage occurred, "So I couldn't testify against him [David]."
Heather DeWild disappeared in July 2003, just days before her divorce from Daniel DeWild was scheduled to be finalized.
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.
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.
The grand jury indictment said Heather was murdered between July 24 and Sept. 4, 2003.
The indictment said a witness saw three people with a body wrapped in plastic at 4 a.m. in Clear Creek Canyon.
On July 30, a bloodhound found evidence of decomposition in David's Suburban. The indictment said David was notified of the positive result on July 31 and the next day, David and Roseanne were married.
Additionally, the grand jury’s report states that Heather’s car, a white Nissan Sentra, was abandoned at West 43rd Avenue and Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge.
Around lunch time on July 24, 2003, a witness observed a man sitting in a cherry red convertible with a black top across the street from the greenbelt where the Nissan had been parked.
The report states that David DeWild was driving a red Chrysler LeBaron convertible that day. It also states that cell phone records place David in the area where the Nissan was abandoned.http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/charges-dropped-against-sister-in-law-in-murder-of-heather-dewild
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11/13/12 1:36 PM
GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)- Opening statements in the trial for a man accused of murdering his estranged wife nearly a decade ago were presented on Wednesday.
Daniel Donald DeWild is being tried for first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Heather Jean DeWild. Her decomposed body was found buried along U.S. Highway 6 on Sept. 4, 2003. Her body wrapped in trash bags and duct tape.
Daniel DeWild’s identical twin, David Norman DeWild, has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and will likely be sentenced after his brother’s trial.
Wednesday morning, prosecutors talked about motive. They say the DeWilds were in the middle of a divorce and when Daniel DeWild found out that he was going to have to pay more in child support than he could afford with all of his bills, he became angry and upset.The DeWilds were about one week away from finalizing their divorce.
In opening statements of the Daniel DeWild trial, prosecutors painted a detailed picture of what they say happened to his estranged wife, Heather.
They say Daniel and his twin brother, David, planned the murder together and on July 24, 2003, lured her into the garage of his Edgewater home.
Court documents also state Heather was lured to Daniel’s home with her two children, then ages three and five, under false pretenses.
It was there that prosecutors say Daniel used a rubber mallet to hit Heather in the head. They say he put a noose around her neck, hung her, tied her hands and covered her body in tape, then wrapped her in plastic trash bags.
Prosecutors told the jury that Daniel’s brother David was responsible for getting rid of Heather’s body which he dumped near some large dirt mounds off Highway 6 near Golden.
The defense argues that David came forward with this wealth of information this past summer, claiming he wanted to bring closure to the case and the family.
The defense said David is scared that he will spend the rest of his life in prison, so he has lied and tried to place as much of the blame as possible on his brother, Daniel.
Police arrested the DeWild twins and David DeWild’s eventual wife, Mary Rosanne DeWild. David DeWild eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
Mary Roseanne DeWild had faced charges of being an accessory to murder and conspiracy to accessory to commit murder but the Jefferson County district attorney’s office said last month those charges were dismissed.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that Rosanne DeWild was found guilty in the case.http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/11/07/both-sides-present-case-dewild-murder-trial/
11/13/12 1:43 PM
DENVER (CBS4) – The trial for a man accused of murdering his estranged wife nearly a decade ago has just gotten under way and a jury was seated on Tuesday.
Daniel DeWild’s identical twin, David Norman DeWild, already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and will likely be sentenced after his brother’s trial.
The last place Heather DeWild was seen alive was at her husband’s Edgewater home.
“We just keep praying that she does get justice,” Heather DeWild’s sister Rebecca Barger said.
Heather DeWild’s family has been waiting nearly a decade for justice to take its course. She was a week away from finalizing a divorce from Daniel DeWild.
Court documents say Heather DeWild was lured to Daniel DeWild’s home with her two children, then ages three and five, under false pretenses.
Police ended up arresting the DeWild twins and David DeWild’s eventual wife, Mary Rosanne DeWild. David DeWild eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
Opening statements will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that Rosanne DeWild was found guilty in the case.http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/trial-for-man-accused-of-killing-wife-gets-under-way/
11/15/12 6:56 PM
GOLDEN — About a week before Daniel DeWild allegedly used a pulley system to
hang his estranged wife from a garage rafter, he told a neighbor that Heather
DeWild was "ruining his life" in their pending divorce proceedings, according to
Thursday testimony in Jefferson County Court.
Jurors on Friday will hear closing arguments in Daniel DeWild's murder trial
following seven days of testimony from witnesses including his twin brother, who
re-enacted the July 24, 2003 slaying for investigators and has pleaded guilty to
At a garage sale a week before Heather DeWild disappeared, Edgewater neighbor
Rick Kensington said Daniel Dewild clenched his fists, gritted his teeth and
appeared enraged when
"He was upset about the divorce — specifically he said Heather was ruining
his life and that she was getting everything," Kensington testified Thursday.
"He mentioned he wasn't happy about paying child support."
Authorities found notches in the beam allegedly used to hang Heather DeWild
and discovered that she had been bound with rope in a style similar to the way
her husband once bound her during sex, according to Russ Boatright, an
investigator with the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Heather DeWild, a 30-year-old mother of two, disappeared about a week before
her final divorce hearing. She was discovered six days later in a shallow grave
in unincorporated Jefferson County.
Much of Heather DeWild's family including her sister, parents, grandparents
and a handful of aunts and uncles attended Thursday's proceedings.
Vicki Wisz, the ex-wife of Daniel DeWild's twin brother David provided a
picture of the power dynamic in the brothers' relationship.
The two, she said, lived their lives in synch.
When one took a job with a car wash company or with RTD, the other followed.
They shared similar affinities for car mechanics and for pornography, though
only Daniel DeWild purchased bondage magazines.
"One would start a sentence, and the other would finish it," Wisz testified.
"Danny had more of a dominant personality between the two. He'd come up with
different ideas, and Dave would help him."
But defense attorney Tom Ward pointed to evidence that David DeWild exhibited
some violent tendencies himself, such as when Wisz says he choked her during a
confrontation over hundreds of dollars in phone sex line charges. David DeWild
is awaiting sentencing, where he'll face a minimum of 10 years in prison.
11/15/12 7:02 PM
Double trouble in DeWild trialGlenn Wallace [email protected]Colorado Community Media |
The term “double jeopardy” had new meaning in a Jefferson County courtroom last week, as the murder trial of Daniel DeWild got underway, with the defendant’s identical twin brother David serving as the prosecution’s star witness.
Daniel DeWild, 40, stands accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his estranged wife Heather (Springer) DeWild.
She was last seen alive on July 24, 2003, just one week before her divorce was to be finalized.
Her body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave in Clear Creek Canyon two months later. The DeWild twins, and David’s wife Roseanne DeWild, were charged with first-degree murder in December 2011.
The following July, David met with the Jeffco DA’s office, and worked out a plea agreement for his “truthful testimony” against his brother, in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Roseanne DeWild’s charges were dropped, after investigators became convinced that she was not part of the murder plot.
With the defendant’s table and the witness box only a few yards from each other, the twins appeared to never make eye contact.
“How close were you to your brother,” Chief Deputy DA Bob Weiner asked David DeWild, whose testimony filled up most of day two and part of day three of the trial.
“Very close,” David said.
“How close are you now?”
“I think we’re going our separate ways,” David replied.
Under direct examination David described how his brother grew increasingly angry about his impending divorce, and began talking about wanting to kill Heather DeWild.
He said the two made plans about where to hide the body, and how to cover up evidence.
Defense attorneys raised questions about David’s trustworthiness after lying to investigators for nine years, and raised the theory that David was the one with motive to kill.
“David, did Heather reject your advances in 2003? Did you kill her in 2003? Or did you just not want your brother to go through the same kind of painful divorce you did?” Defense attorney Tom Ward said during cross-examination.
On July 24, 2003, Daniel asked Heather DeWild over to his house. She brought their children, ages 3 and 5.
David testified that he was in the garage when his twin lured Heather DeWild there to kill her.
“He throws her to the ground. He picks up a rubber mallet and hits her in the head,” David said to the court.
“She didn’t know what was going on. She looked to the left and to the right. She looked me right in the eye and had a look like `help me,’” David said. “I’m the last thing she saw and I didn’t help her.”http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/arvada/news/double-trouble-in-dewild-trial/article_70bf7609-8257-5267-a9a3-3bd68b7fe10b.html
11/26/12 6:01 AM
Heather DeWild's body found along Hwy 6 in 2003Posted: 11/20/2012 Last Updated: 6 days agoJEFFERSON 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.
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.
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.
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11/26/12 6:06 AM
Re: Daniel Dewild Guilty of
Conspiracy; Jury Hung on Murder 1
A Jefferson County jury found Daniel Norman DeWild, 40, was
guilty of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, F2, and Accessory after the
Fact to First Degree Murder, F4, for his role in the death of his estranged wife
in 2003. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on one count of
First Degree Murder. A mistrial was declared on that count and a new trial date
has been set for January 8, 2013.
Daniel DeWild, his twin brother David Norman DeWild and Mary
Roseanne DeWild, 51, were indicted in December 2011 for the death of 30-year-old
Heather Jean DeWild. Mary Roseanne DeWild was the live-in girlfriend of David
DeWild at the time Heather was murdered. She and David later married.
On July 24, 2003 Heather went to 2031 Fenton, in Edgewater.
Daniel DeWild lived there with his brother David
and Roseanne. The prosecution’s evidence at trial was that David created a
“ruse” in order to get Heather to come to the house. Their final divorce
hearing was scheduled for the following week. Daniel knew that Heather would
bring their two small children with her. The children were three and five years
The jury heard testimony at trial that Daniel DeWild lured
Heather into the garage, then threw the petite, 4’10 woman to the ground. He
then he hit her in the head with a mallet. A witness said that Daniel tied a
noose around her neck, attached it to a pulley system he had devised using a
beam in the ceiling, and proceeded to pull her up until she was hanging. He then
tied her hands and feet, wrapped her in trash bags in and
put her body in the back of David DeWild’s Suburban. David then drove the
Suburban, with Heather’s body in the back, to the location where it was later
discovered by a CDOT worker. There was testimony that David DeWild had been
party to Daniel’s plan to kill Heather as far back as April, 2003.
The prosecution’s case alleged that David killed Heather because
she was divorcing him and he would lose custody of their kids. He also believed
that he would lose his house if he had to pay child support.
On September 4, 2003 the badly decomposed body of Heather DeWild
was found in a shallow grave just off of westbound Highway 6, near mile marker
262.5. She was wearing the same clothing that she wore on the day she
disappeared. Heather’s neck and wrist were loosely bound with rope. Her body
was wrapped in trash bags and secured by duct tape.
Daniel DeWild, David DeWild and Roseanne DeWild were indicted by
a Jefferson County grand jury in December 2011 and arrested shortly thereafter.
In July, 2012 David DeWild was interviewed by prosecutors and
provided information that was deemed valuable to the case. A plea agreement was
reached requiring David’s truthful testimony at his brother’s trial in exchange
for being allowed to plead guilty to Conspiracy to Commit 2nd Degree Murder. He
has not yet been sentenced. He faces 10-12 years in prison.
The case against Mary Roseanne DeWild was dismissed in October.
Prosecutors ultimately came to believe that her knowledge of events was less
than previously believed, and that there was no reasonable likelihood of her
conviction at trial. After two weeks of trial, the jury deliberated a day
and a half before returning their verdict at 5:00 p.m. on November 19. The two
counts for which Daniel DeWild was found guilty carry a potential prison
sentence of up to 54 years in prison.
Daniel DeWild remains in custody at the Jefferson County
Detention Center on $1M bond.
03/19/13 1:25 PM
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The Edgewater man who admitted to killing his wife is going to prison for 74 years.
That's one year less than the maximum.
Heather DeWild disappeared in July 2003. Her body was found six weeks later.
Nearly ten years later, Heather's family is relieved.
"You kind of start to feel like nothing is going to happen," said Heather's sister, Rebecca Barger. "So the fact something happened and they are having to face what they did to some degree, in my mind it's almost a miracle we even got to here."
In December, a jury convicted Heather's husband, Daniel DeWild, of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and of being an accessory to murder, but deadlocked on the murder charge itself. A judge declared a mistrial on that count and set a new trial date for Jan. 8.
However, instead of a second trial, DeWild agreed to a plea bargain. In court, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
On Thursday morning, the judge sentenced DeWild to 74 years in prison. Heather's father, sister and grandmother spoke to the judge before he made his decision.
"Daniel destroyed the life of a very unique and loving person, whose greatest joy was her children," Heather's father, David Springer, told the judge. "He destroyed the life of his children, he destroyed life of his own family members. All for unnecessary greed and ego that accomplished nothing."
The judge said DeWild's two children have suffered for nine years while their father lied about killing their mother.
"They've [the kids] never gone on vacation really, they've never gone to Disneyland," said Heather's sister, Jennifer Springer. "Now that they don't have a visitation [with their Dad] and they're not pulled away from their family, we can bond with them and enjoy activities with them."
Daniel waived his right to speak. Part of his plea agreement prohibits him from appealing the sentence at a later date.http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/daniel-dewild-gets-74-years-in-murder-of-wife-heather-dewild-in-2003
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