15 Years Later-Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 2)
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Why Darlie is believed to be guilty.
Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County Greg Davis made his opening statements on January 6, 1997. In it, he explains why he thinks Darlie Routier murdered her children. He paints her as a desperate, materialistic woman who enjoyed the finer things in life. When that began to go away, when she had trouble losing weight she gained while pregnant, he suggests she became angry and looked for a way to regain the freedom she once had.
Damon and Devon Routier
MR. GREG DAVIS: Thank you.
May it please the Court. Ladies and gentlemen, on June the 6th, of 1996, the evidence will show that five-year-old Damon Christian Routier, and his six-year-old brother Devon, were stabbed and murdered in their own home in Rowlett,Texas. And Rowlett being a small suburb in eastern Dallas County.
Now, the evidence will show in this case how these two children were murdered, who murdered them, and the reasons why they were murdered. And in the process, ladies and gentlemen, the evidence in this case will show to you, that this woman here, Darlie Lynn Routier, and no other person, is the individual who stabbed and murdered her own children as they lay sleeping in their own home on June the 6th, 1996.
The evidence will show you that the real Darlie Routier is, in fact, a self-centered woman, a materialistic woman, and a woman cold enough, in fact, to murder her own two children. Now, the evidence in this case also will show you that the defendant’s husband is named Darin. Darin Routier. Now, Darin owned and operated a small electronics business in Rowlett, Texas. And he did very well. He was a hard worker.
In 1993, the Routier family moved into 8 a new two-story home in Rowlett, in a nice neighborhood. Their address was 5801 Eagle Drive. It was a corner lot.The evidence will show that when they moved into that home, they started to buy the kinds of things that would show their success: A lighted fountain, satellite dishes, jewelry, fancy clothes, leather furniture and a Jaguar automobile. And 1994 was another good year. And 1995 was even better. But, again, instead of reinvesting the money from that business back into that business, the evidence will show that the defendant and her husband kept on spending those profits on themselves. And this time, in 1995, there were several vacations. There was a nine thousand dollar redwood spa for their backyard. And there was a twenty-four thousand dollar cabin cruiser for the lake, Lake Ray Hubbard, which is close to Rowlett. Now, as 1996 began, everything still looked good on the surface for this defendant. The evidence will show that beneath the surface, things were starting to change. For, you see, in 1996, Darlie Routier had a new baby. That baby was keeping her very busy. Her other two children Devon and Damon were also keeping her busy. Secondly, she hadn’t been able to lose the weight from her pregnancy. She was having problems there also. And perhaps most importantly, the evidence will show to you that the money train from Darin’s business was beginning to peter out. His business was flattening out as 1996 began. When we come to June the 5th, 1996, the evidence is going to show you that those problems began to worsen, and they had worsened over time. By that date, this defendant right over here, still had not lost the weight that she had gained during her pregnancy. And that had led her by June the 5th, 1996, to begin taking diet pills in order to try to get back that figure. She was no longer the glamorous, blond center-of-attention by that date.
Also by that date, the baby, his name was Drake. By this time he was eight months old. Drake, Devon and Damon were again — were taking up more and more of her time. And by this time, she was becoming angry because, in fact, her lifestyle that she had grown accustomed to, the vacations, the buying sprees, the nice things, the freedom, those things were starting to go away, and she was beginning to become very angry by that time. You will also see that by 1996, by June the 5th, on that date, the Jaguar automobile, it wasn’t running, so she had no transportation. That cabin cruiser on the lake, by that time, it wasn’t running either. And there were problems at Darin’s business. The evidence will show again, that business was starting to flatten out. By June the 5th, the Routiers, the defendant and her husband, had no savings accounts, no retirement accounts. They had very little money in the bank. I mean, the house was still there, the boat was on the lake, but there was very little money in the bank. And we’re going to show you, that on that date there was under two thousand dollars cash available to these people by that date.The evidence is going to show to you, that by June, the situation had become bad enough, that on June the 1st of 1996, now we’re talking only five days before the murder of these two children in their home; that the Routiers tried to borrow five thousand dollars from a bank in Rowlett. Because of their credit situation, they were turned down on that loan. That’s the situation that we see on June the 5th, 1996.
Now, during that evening, the evidence is going to show to you that the two boys, Devon and Damon, were downstairs in the family room. And we’ll be referring to it as either the family room, or as the Routiers sometimes referred to it as the Roman room. They were in the family room sleeping, watching television, the defendant was down there, at times her husband was downstairs also. About 1:00 a.m. that morning, both boys were asleep on the carpet, by a couch where the defendant was, close to a big screen television. They had been watching TV that evening. By this time they were sound asleep. About 1:00 o’clock in the morning, the defendant’s husband came to her and told her that he was going to go ahead and go upstairs to the master bedroom and go to sleep. Baby Drake was already up there in his bassinet. The defendant, at that time, at 1:00 o’clock in the morning, told her husband, “I’m not going to go upstairs, I’m going to stay downstairs with the two boys.” You see, the defendant was a very light sleeper, and she had complained to her husband that the baby would keep her awake simply by turning in his crib. And for that reason, she said, “I’ll stay down here with the two boys tonight, and I will sleep down here.” So, at 1:00 o’clock in the morning, the situation will be, that we have Devon, we have Damon, we have only one other person downstairs with them. And that person is the defendant right over here, Darlie Lynn Routier.
Now, sometime between 1:00 a.m., and 2:30 a.m., on the morning of June the 6th, 1996, both Devon and Damon were stabbed to death. The evidence will show to you that Devon Routier, the six-year-old, was stabbed twice in the chest. The first stab wound to the upper chest penetrated his pulmonary artery, and it went into his right lung. The second stab wound that you will hear about, is lower in the chest, and that entered into his liver. And the evidence will show to you that six-year-old Devon died face up, on the carpet, with his eyes open. Supposedly, as his mother, the defendant, was sleeping on a couch in that very same room where he died.
Now, the evidence will show you that five-year-old Damon was also stabbed. That child was stabbed four times in the back. Some of those wounds penetrated through his lungs, others through his liver, and he died as a result of those stab wounds. The evidence will show you that he was stabbed at least one time in the back, again, as his mother supposedly was sleeping on a couch, nearby where he was attacked. But the evidence will show to you that he didn’t die immediately. Damon somehow struggled across the floor of that family room, towards the hallway, and towards the kitchen, before collapsing on the floor. And when the first police officers got there to that scene that morning, and when the paramedics got there, they found him face down, gasping for breath, with his eyes open. But the evidence will show to you that Damon Christian Routier died before the paramedics could get him to the hospital that morning.
Now, you will hear from police officers, who dealt with the defendant. You will hear from paramedics who dealt with the defendant that morning also. You will hear from doctors who treated her, and you will hear from personnel from Baylor Hospital in Dallas, nurses, and other medical personnel over there who dealt with her that morning. And you’ll hear them tell you that that morning, immediately after these attacks on her children, this defendant was not in shock. This defendant was awake, she was alert, and she was very coherent. You will hear them tell you how they had conversations with her, in which she was able to follow their instructions, and able to give very detailed information to them about herself, and about events, and about her condition. You will hear, from those very same people, that this woman over here, Darlie Lynn Routier, that morning, while she is at the scene at 5801 Eagle Drive, made absolutely no attempts to help either of her two children, either Devon or Damon. She never asked about their condition, never asked about where they were going, made absolutely no inquiries about her two children at 5801 Eagle Drive.
Darlie Routier booking photo
You will hear also from them how this defendant gave differing stories about what had happened out there that night. You will hear the 911 tape. You will hear that at 2:31 a.m., June 6th, the Rowlett Police Department received a call from the defendant, a 911 call. And you’ll hear that tape during this trial, probably today or either tomorrow. You’ll hear that tape. And on that tape, you will hear the defendant’s voice. You will hear her scream, sometimes very loudly. You will hear the very first story that she gives to the police about what happened out there that night. You’ll hear her say to them that, in fact, that she had seen an intruder while she was sleeping downstairs, that she woke up, she found that her two children had been stabbed, that she had been stabbed, that she saw an intruder. That intruder then started to run from the family room, through the kitchen, to the utility room and finally to the garage. That he was armed with a knife. You will hear her tell the police that she chased that man, while she’s unarmed, that she chased this armed intruder through that house, that he threw a knife down in the utility room, that she picked up that knife. Now, you will hear on that tape also, how the focus of Darlie Routier turned very quickly from her two children, who were dying there in her presence, to herself, to the activities of the Police Department personnel who were on the scene, and to the condition of the crime scene. You’ll hear her, only five minutes into that tape, say, “this knife was laying over there, and I already picked it up. God, I bet we could have gotten the prints, maybe, maybe.” You will hear that being said as her two children are dying and bleeding to death, right there in front of her.
Now, finally, ladies and gentlemen, in this trial, you will hear about the police investigation, the extensive police investigation. And you will see the physical and the scientific evidence that was conducted, and that was preserved and collected out there at that scene.
You will see a lot of things, unfortunately, that are going to be very graphic. And I’m just going to apologize in advance for that. There is just no way around it. Some of these things are going to be very difficult for you to look at and to listen to. But the bottom line and the reason why we’re going to have to show you those things, is because those things show us, and they’ll show you, exactly what happened out there that night. And for that reason, you’re going to have to view it, and you’re going to have to listen to it. Now, among the things that you will see through that evidence will be that both boys, both Devon and Damon were stabbed with a knife that came from the defendant’s own kitchen; a large butcher knife that was kept in her kitchen. You will also see in that evidence, that both boys’ injuries were deep stab wounds to the trunk area. And that they were totally inconsistent with the superficial wound that this defendant received on June the 6th, 1996.
That evidence will also show you, that neither the defendant, nor any intruder ever ran through that kitchen and utility room to the garage after the boys’ attack, as the defendant claimed. That never happened. You will also see that no intruder ever threw a knife down on that utility room floor as he fled that residence, as the defendant claimed. And you will also see in that evidence that no intruder ever left out of that garage through a window, where a screen had been cut, that evening after the boys’ attack. That never happened either, as this defendant claimed it happened that night.
And finally, the evidence in this case will show you, beyond any reasonable doubt, that this defendant staged the crime scene before the police got there, to make it appear like an intruder had come in, and that she had had a struggle with that intruder. You will also see, that there is blood on her T-shirt that she was wearing at the time. That her own son’s blood is on her T-shirt, and that it was deposited while she was stabbing them to death on June the 6th, 1996.
And, finally, you will hear that that screen that was cut on that garage window, the place where this intruder supposedly came into the house to attack the boys, and supposedly left out of the house, as she chased him unarmed. You will see, that the screen is made up of two things: It’s made up of fiberglass rods that are also connected with a rubber polymer, a black rubbery substance. And you’ll hear that a knife was found inside the defendant’s residence, in her kitchen, still in a butcher block, and that knife was examined. And those two very same substances, both the fiberglass rods found in the window screen, and the black rubber material, was found on the blade of that knife.
At the conclusion of this case, when all of the testimony is in, I’m going to come before you, and I’m going to ask you to find this defendant guilty, because the evidence we’re going to show you through this trial, shows beyond any reasonable doubt that she is, in fact, guilty of the capital murder of five-year-old Damon
In Part 3–The Defense Opening Statement