Video: Daniel DeWild gets 74 years for brutal murder after twin brother's reenactment
In August, when David DeWild pleaded guilty in the 2003 murder of Heather DeWild, wife of his twin brother, Daniel DeWild, we speculated that David had agreed to testify against his sibling in exchange for a lesser sentence. Turns out, though, that he did more than that. Much more.
Big photos and videos below.
David participated in a video reenactment of the slaying, which he describes as even more heartless and methodical than anyone suspected -- and no doubt contributed to Daniel receiving a 74-year sentence this week. Details, photos and video below.
As we've reported, Heather 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 -- a date just prior to the couple's scheduled divorce. Shortly thereafter, 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. Jefferson County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Pam Russell told us that Heather's parents, Dave and Carole Springer, retained custody, although Daniel had what she describes as "generous visitation terms."
Why were the DeWild brothers finally charged with Heather's murder in late 2011? The indictment naming them (it's on view below in its entirety) laid out the means of the crime, noting that Heather allegedly went to the Edgewater home Daniel shared with David and Roseanne DeWild, then his girlfriend; the couple subsequently married. (Roseanne is also cited in the indictment, but charges against her were dropped last year.) Heather brought their two kids with her -- a son, then five, and a daughter, three. The boy later told police that Daniel had been "sneaking up on her back," and he didn't "know what they were fighting for."
A family photo showing Heather with her two kids.
The indictment leaves out details of the crime itself, but David eventually spilled in a video reenactment that ran 28 minutes. The entire clip hasn't been made public, but 9News was allowed to air excerpts. And they're chilling.
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