15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 8)
Re-posted from ZeroGossip.com
Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? The Verdict
12 THE COURT: All right. Be seated,
14 Let the record reflect that all
15 parties in the trial are present and the jury is seated.
16 Mr. Walker, has the jury reached a
18 THE FOREMAN: Yes, we have, your
20 THE COURT: All right. “We the jury,
21 find the defendant Darlie Lynn Routier guilty of the
22 offense of capital murder as charged in the indictment.”
23 Ma’am, will you please be silent,
25 That is signed by Frank S. Walker,
1 Presiding Juror.
2 If that is your verdict, please so
3 signify by raising your right hand.
5 (Whereupon, each juror
6 on the jury, raised their
7 hand that the verdict just
8 read by the Court was their
9 verdict, after which time,
10 the proceedings were
11 resumed as follows
13 THE COURT: Let the record reflect
14 that all hands were raised.
Following a punishment phase of the trial where more witnesses were called, the jury was now tasked with determining Darlie Routier’s fate. The options were life or the death penalty.
3 THE COURT: All right. Please be
4 seated, ladies and gentlemen.
5 Let the record reflect that all
6 parties in the trial are present and the jury is seated.
7 Mr. Walker, has the jury reached a
8 verdict in this phase of the trial?
9 THE FOREMAN: Yes, we have, your
11 THE COURT: Special Issue Number 1:
12 Do you find from the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt,
13 that there is a probability that the defendant, Darlie
14 Lynn Routier, would commit criminal acts of violence that
15 would constitute a continuing threat to society?
16 In your verdict you will answer either
17 yes or no. And the answer is “yes.”
18 If that is your verdict, please so
19 signify by raising your right hands.
21 (Whereupon, each juror
22 raised their hand that
23 the verdict read by the
24 Court was their verdict,
25 after which time, the
1 proceedings were resumed
2 on the record, in open
3 court, as follows
5 THE COURT: Let the record reflect
6 that all hands are raised.
7 Special Issue Number 2: Taking into
8 consideration all of the evidence, including the
9 circumstances of the offense, the defendant’s character
10 and background, and the personal moral culpability of the
11 defendant, is there a sufficient mitigating circumstance
12 or circumstances to warrant that a sentence of life
13 imprisonment, rather than a death sentence be imposed.
14 In your verdict, you will answer
15 either yes or no. And the answer is “no.” That is
16 signed by Frank S. Walker, Presiding Juror.
17 If that is your verdict, please so
18 signify by raising your right hands.
20 (Whereupon, each juror
21 raised their hand that
22 the verdict read by the
23 Court was their verdict,
24 after which time, the
25 proceedings were resumed
1 on the record, in open
2 court, as follows
4 THE COURT: Let the record reflect
5 that all hands were raised.
6 Ms. Routier, if you would stand,
8 MR. RICHARD C. MOSTY: Your Honor, may
9 we have the jury polled?
10 THE COURT: You may.
At this point, all the jurors were called by name. They all raised their hands in agreement.
19 Mrs. Routier, would you stand.
20 And that’s all 12 jurors right hands
21 were raised when polled.
22 Darlie Lynn Routier, the jury, having
23 found you guilty of the offense of capital murder, and
24 having returned an affirmative finding on the first
25 Special Issue submitted to them at the punishment stage
1 of this trial, and a negative finding on the issue of
2 mitigation, it is now the duty of this Court to assess
3 your punishment at death.
4 Is there any lawful reason why
5 sentence should not be pronounced at this time? There
6 being none, it is the Order, Judgment and Decree of the
7 Court in this cause, styled the State of Texas versus
8 Darlie Lynn Routier, Dallas County Number F-96-39973-MJ,
9 and Kerr County Cause Number A-96-253. That you shall be
10 taken by the Sheriff of Kerr County, Texas, and shall
11 immediately thereafter be delivered to the director of
12 the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of
13 Criminal Justice, or other person legally authorized to
14 receive such prisoners, and shall be confined in said
15 Institutional Division, in accordance with the laws
16 governing the said Institutional Division, until such
17 day, to be determined by this Court, and some time after
18 the hour of 6:00 P.M., in a room arranged for the purpose
19 of execution, the said director, acting by and through
20 the executioner designated by the said director, as
21 provided by law, is commanded, ordered and directed, by
22 this Court to carry out this sentence of death by the
23 intravenous injection of a substance or substances in a
24 lethal quantity sufficient to cause your death until you
25 are dead.
1 Your are hereby remanded to jail until
2 the Sheriff can obey the directions of this sentence.
3 You maybe seated, please.
And there you have it. Just 7 months after the murders of Devon and Damon, their mother Darlie was tried and sentenced to death. The public support of the sentence was very high coming off such an emotional trial. But as time goes by, appeals are made, there are more questions than answers. Enough questions, perhaps, that raises the possibility of a miscarriage of justice.
In Part 9, the people speak out. What are people saying about this case? Does anyone support the prosecution’s theory? And the shocking revelations from the author of the book, Precious Angels, a book that severely condemned Darlie Routier and said justice was served.