David DeWild pleads in Heather DeWild murder case involving his twin brother
Back in December, we told you about an investigatory break in the 2003 murder of Heather DeWild, who vanished two days before her divorce to Daniel DeWild was to be finalized. Daniel, his twin brother David and David's wife Roseanne were all charged with murder in the case . Now, David has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, months before Daniel is scheduled for trial.
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The timing of his development suggests the possibility that David has decided to testify against his twin. Because of the still-pending trials involving Daniel and Roseanne (who's got a pretrial conference slated for August 20), Pam Russell, spokeswoman for Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, can't comment about that. However, she did speak to us about the case late last year.
At that time, Russell admitted that "the case went a little bit cold" following an initial flurry of activity around the time of the crime. "Then, in 2005, when Scott became DA, Heather's parents contacted him, and Scott just felt compelled to move forward with this investigation, and to make a commitment to them to resolve this case and bring justice to Heather."
As we've reported, DeWild was last seen when she met Daniel at a McDonald's to "discuss a check he had received in both of their names and to pick up health insurance forms for their two young children," his father told the Associated Press shortly after her July 24, 2003 disappearance. Within days, the Jeffco DA's office was looking at asking a grand jury to examine the matter, even though no body had been found at that point.
Then, in September, Heather's severely decomposed corpse was uncovered from a shallow grave near westbound Highway 6, clad in the same outfit in which she'd last been seen. The body was in trash bags held together by duct tape with a rope bound loosely to her neck and wrist.
This development only increased authorities' interest in Daniel, who, during the course of the investigation, was hit with a forgery charge for allegedly writing Heather's name on a couple of 1999-vintage checks valued at more than $16,000.
This accusation was dropped in November 2004, with Brian Smith, husband of Daniel's sister, telling the Denver Post. "The charges were unwarranted to begin with. They were trying to harass him." Smith added that Daniel would be "a lot happier when he gets his kids back" -- something he hoped would happen at an upcoming hearing.
It didn't. Russell told us that Heather's parents, Dave and Carole Springer, retained custody, although Daniel had what she describes as "generous visitation terms."
Which only makes the information in the DeWild indictment, on view below, that much creepier.
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