GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A pair of Jefferson County brothers will stand trial for the 2003 murder of Heather DeWild. A judge made the ruling Friday after reviewing grand jury testimony.
Daniel DeWild, the victim’s estranged husband, and his brother, David, face first-degree murder charges But the judge says there may not be enough evidence to try David DeWild’s wife, Roseanne.
It was good news for Heather DeWild’s family, but not perfect news. Now they know there will be a trial for the murdered Edgewater mother, and they hope there will finally be justice.
Heather DeWild’s family has waited nearly nine years for answers. The news may be the first step.
“It’s a little stressful because we don’t know what the outcome is going to be in the end, but we’re happy that it is going to trial. We’re very thankful for that,” said Rebecca Barger, Heather’s DeWild’s sister.
Judge Christopher Munch ruled that there is enough evidence to try Daniel and David DeWild for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He said there is probable cause for a jury to decide whether the brothers agreed to overpower and kill Daniel’s estranged wife and then cover it up.
That may not be the case for Rosanne DeWild. Despite a grand jury’s indictment, the judge will decide next week whether she will also stand trial on first-degree murder charges.
“We did know that she was around on the day that she went missing. So there was some suspicion. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see for Rosanne and see what he says,” Barger said.
Heather DeWild’s body was found in a shallow grave near Highway 6 in September 2003. Her divorce from Daniel was nearly finalized when she disappeared. Her family says they’ve always suspected him and his family. Now they’re steeling themselves for the next chapter, which they hope will reveal the truth.
“We’re just waiting and seeing,” Barger said.
Daniel and David DeWild will be arraigned on April 16.
The ruling on Roseanne DeWild is expected Wednesday.