It was nearly a decade ago that Heather Jean DeWild was killed, and her body dumped in a shallow grave in Clear Creek Canyon. But in a couple weeks, a suspect will finally stand trial.
DeWild’s estranged husband, Daniel Donald DeWild, 39, will begin trial on charges of first-degree murder on Nov. 5.
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 the trial according to the district attorney’s office. The felony charge carries a mandatory 10-year prison term.
David DeWild’s wife, who was his live-in girlfriend back in 2003 when the murder is alleged to have occurred, was set free last week.
Prosecutors had charged Mary Roseanne DeWild with being an accessory to murder, and participating in a conspiracy to commit murder. She faced a maximum of nine years in prison.
“As the investigation proceeded we came to believe that we could not prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Jefferson County District Attorney spokesperson Pam Russell. She said that there would be no further statements made by the DA’s office about Mary DeWild’s case due to one co-defendant awaiting sentencing, and another one on the verge of trial.
The DA’s office released a December 2011 indictment that charged all three suspects with first-degree murder, though the charges were later reduced for Mary DeWild. David Norman DeWild pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
Russell said the prosecution team for Daniel DeWild remained committed to going to trial.
According to court documents, in July 2003 Heather DeWild was only days away from finalizing her divorce from Daniel DeWild, when he lured her and their children, ages 3 and 5, to his Edgewater home under false pretenses.
On Sept. 4, 2003, a badly decomposed body, later identified as Heather DeWild was found buried along US Highway 6, wrapped in trash bags and duct tape.
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