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Jury to decide fate of a decade-old murder

5:01 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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Accused in her death is her estranged husband Daniel DeWild. Witnesses during the two weeks of testimony told the jury Daniel was very angry about the divorce proceedings. Heather DeWild disappeared on July 24, 2003 - one week from the scheduled final divorce hearing.

Heather DeWild's body was eventually discovered in a shallow grave in Clear Creek Canyon. Investigators had very little physical evidence to link them to her killer.

While police questioned Daniel DeWild and his identical twin brother David, they did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

The case changed dramatically this past August. David DeWild went to prosecutors and claimed that he and his brother had conspired for three months to kill Heather DeWild. David testified in court that his brother lured Heather to the garage of his home where he struck her in the head with a mallet and then used a pulley system to hang her from the rafter. David testified that he then drove the body up Clear Creek Canyon and buried Heather, while Daniel stayed at home with the couple's two children, ages 5 and 7.

David has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Heather DeWild. He is awaiting sentencing and could face 10 to 12 years in prison.

In closing arguments the prosecutors admitted that without David's testimony the case was largely circumstantial against Daniel DeWild. But they argued to the jurors that David DeWild gave them an intimate glimpse into the murder.

The defense team for Daniel DeWild argued that David DeWild has a documented history of lying. They pointed out inconsistencies in his testimony. In the end they say the evidence points only to David DeWild as the killer of Heather.

The defense also reminded the jurors of the taped interview with the DeWild's 5-year-old son that was made in the days following her disappearance. In that interview the boy told investigators that his mother had left the home alive on the day she disappeared.

The jury of seven men and seven women now will decide the fate of Daniel DeWild.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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