15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 10)


Part 10: Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Shocking Statement From Author

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True crime writer Barbara Davis attended every day of the Darlie Routier trial. She wrote a book about it called “Precious Angels” and was more than convinced justice was served–Darlie Routier was guilty. Here is a description of her book:

Early one June morning, a frantic 911 call shattered the tranquility of an upscale neighborhood in Rowlett, Texas. Darlie Routier claimed that an intruder had entered her home, viciously stabbed her two young sons, and then slashed her with a knife. When the police arrived, they found six-year-old Devon and five-year-old Damon Routier near death. But the wounds of their mother were only superficial. As more and more bizarre facts came to light, authorities began to suspect that the young mother’s hysteria masked a darker and far more terrifying truth; Darlie Routier had butchered her own children in cold blood.

Here, for the first time, is the complete inside story of the sensational murder case that rocked a community and a nation. Through exclusive interviews with the Routier family, friend, neighbors, and police, and by including facts that were never revealed in court, acclaimed author Barbara Davis weaves a terrifyingly true story that delves with chilling insight into an unspeakable crime – and the heartless woman who was finally brought to justice. 

But in a shocking turn around, Barbara recanted her book. With nothing to gain and a lot of credibility to lose, she released this statement:My name is Barbara Davis. I have visited Darlie Routier’s website from time to time and am amazed she is still getting so much attention. I worked for over a decade for criminal defense attorneys and then I spent the next decade working in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. First as a felony secretary for the prosecutors of Criminal District Court No. 3, then as a Victim’s Advocate for 8 years. A newly elected felony judge asked me to go to work as his court coordinator which I did and stayed with him until my first book “Stalked” was written. I am also the author of “Precious Angels” a very damaging account of Darlie’s trial in Kerrville, Texas. I attended the trial every day for almost five weeks. I know the evidence that was presented in court like the back of my hand as well as every witness and their sworn testimony. It all proved to be devastating for Darlie. Everyone knows that justice was accomplished in that Kerrville courtroom over two years ago.

So why in the world won’t you people just drop this thing??? And, Christopher Brown, where do you get off trying to convince the public that there’s trouble right here in River City??? Well, I can tell you why. YOU PEOPLE won’t drop this thing because you know that Darlie Routier happens to be completely innocent of the crime she was placed on death row for. And Christopher Brown gets off trying to convince the public that there are terrible troubles surrounding this case, because there are!

During the trial I amassed over 40 steno pads filled with trial testimony and notes. After I reduced the evidence and trial testimony gathered to writing and sent “Precious Angels” to my publisher, I did what I always do when I finish a book, I went on as usual with my life. But my life decided not to go on as usual with me. My world wrapped securely in my beliefs of justice and fairness was shaken to the very core one day shortly after my book was released. Christopher Brown, author of “Media Tried, Justice Denied” called and asked me if I would keep an open mind and let him show me the true facts gathered by him in Darlie’s case. I can honestly tell you that I was more than annoyed with him. After all, he hadn’t sat in court day after day, week after week, but I sure had. And who did he think he was dragging this thing on while trying to convince me of something I already knew everything about. I told him he was wasting his time because there was no way I’d ever…I repeat, EVER, believe that Darlie was innocent. He assured me he could afford the time and we met. As I examined piece after piece of evidence I found myself convinced beyond any doubt that Darlie Routier was not the one who murdered her children and inflicted her own wounds on June 6, 1996. I found the State’s case against her to be immersed in cover-ups, lies, false representations and evidence that was tampered with, tainted and even created to suit particular purposes.The police and prosecutorial tactics and the work they produced is questionable at best and criminal at worst. I cried. I trembled. I became sick at my stomach to the point that when I got home I threw up.

“Media Tried, Justice Denied” is more than a disturbing book. It is dark and positively catastrophic for those responsible for Darlie’s arrest, indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration. As a person raised to respect law enforcement, the judicial system and the district attorney’s office, I was overwhelmed with the knowledge that a system I cherish, trust and have worked in and been a part of could go so very wrong. It plucked Darlie from her family, husband, only surviving child and friends and threw her into a deep, dark pit because her two little boys were slaughtered at her feet and she had the misfortune to survive and not be able to explain to the authorities how it happened.

My heart physically ached and still does for the inconceivable miscarriage of justice done to Darlie, Darin, their families and Devon and Damon. Although Darlie did not murder her babies I can assure you she is caged inside a tiny cell waiting to be put to death for it, nevertheless. Can you imagine how she feels and how she has felt every day of her life since her arrest almost 3 years ago? I can’t. I just absolutely cannot! Anyone who knows me knows I tirelessly champion victim’s rights not death row inmate’s rights. But this time, for the very first time, I’m championing both because Darlie Routier encompasses both. She is a death row inmate and she is also the innocent victim here.

Good and bad police officers, investigators, prosecutors and judges intermingled with each other throughout the history of this tragic story. It appears that the bad element proved to be stronger and eventually dominated the course of events. I don’t know if the good element knew what was happening or if they were too scared to speak out. But the one thing everyone must remember is that all evil needs in order to prevail is for good people simply to do nothing. If this verdict stands and Darlie dies, we will all have to answer to God for it.

What’s my motive here? Well, I can think of plenty of motivation to keep my mouth shut and hope and pray this nightmare will just quietly go away. Or, I could try to convince the media that Darlie’s supporters,her family and Christopher Brown are all just zealots. This has been an extremely difficult personal and professional path for me to take but it was the only one I could take. Am I worried? You better believe I’m concerned about potential repercussions…harm to the career I love, criticism and character assassinations that will be hurled in my direction by those still wanting Darlie to be guilty. Daily I deal with feelings of shame, remorse and guilt regarding my part in all this for being too trusting; for not holding the police and District Attorney to the highest standard of accountability; for being so judgmental and so quick to believe gossip about a young woman I didn’t really know.

The only motive I have to put myself through this misery by speaking out is a simple one…if you know the truth you have to tell it and do whatever you can to right the wrong done. In the end it really doesn’t matter who may get in trouble or hurt because of the truth coming out. You see, in the scheme of things they can’t matter…I can’t matter. What does matter is every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day of every single week of every single month of every single year that we allow an innocent woman to languish on death row waiting to be led away and murdered.

I’ve visited with Darlie in jail for many hours since I learned the truth. I was amazed to find that after all that’s been done to hurt Darlie and her family; after all I’ve personally done, this loving person (who has been called every vile name and treated like the scum of the earth, and I did it, too) not only forgave me for everything when I asked for her forgiveness, she told me she had forgiven me before I asked. If that doesn’t break your heart, then nothing ever will.

On a personal note I would like to say that despite negative comments throughout the world about Texas, I love this state and the wonderful people who live here. As a Texan I will proudly welcome Darlie home when she is set free. I have to believe she will be.

Now is the time for us to rise up and exert so much relentless and tremendous pressure on officials that they will have no other choice but to set Darlie Routier free. I’ll probably never get this out of my system but I was WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! There are a lot of good, decent people who were in that boat with me and many still are. I know if you will open your minds and hearts and reexamine what really went on in Rowlett and Kerrville, Texas, you will want to join me in standing up for Darlie, now, as fervently as you and I once stood up against her. Please unite with me in the battle to put an end once and for all to this horrifying ordeal. After all, “justice” means protecting the innocent as much as punishing the guilty. God be with you.

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Coming up in Part 10, The Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth wrote a follow-up story 5 years after Darlie was sentenced. In that article, he writes:

“…Darin Routier admitted last year that in the spring of 1996, when his business was in trouble and he was $22,000 in debt, he had asked Darlie’s stepfather, Bob Kee, whether he knew anyone who might break into the family’s house as part of an insurance scam. Once the furniture and other items were “stolen,” Darin would retrieve them from the “burglar” and pay him out of the proceeds from his insurance claim.

A couple of months ago, when I asked Darin if he had made such a statement, he denied it. But a few days later, when I confronted him with affidavits given to me by Darlie’s stepfather and Reyna, he confessed that he had, in fact, talked to Kee about faking a burglary. When I asked if he had discussed the plan with anyone else, including a couple of reputed car thieves in Rowlett, Darin hesitantly replied, “There is a possibility I said the same thing in conversation with people that worked around me. I don’t remember what I said. But there’s a strong possibility that was on my mind, and in conversation I could have said that.”

Is it possible Darin may have set the wheels in motion which led to his children’s death?

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Posted on January 14, 2012, in Cold Cases, Crime, Darlie Routier. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. This latest instance with husband Darin re: insurance scam, doesn’t surprise me. It shows his dishonest character. If anything, it confirms he has lied of having financial issues in the past. Judging by his numerous flip-flops in defending his wife over the years, the man wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him upside the head. Having said that, believe it is a stretch to connect that with the murder of his sons. It was a financial scam, to steal….not murder innocent little boys. Nothing was stolen that night as her bling was spread out, in plain sight, and not touched.

    I have read much on this case. I also have an open-mind yet never found/read anything that has convinced me that Darlie was innocent of this disgusting crime including “Media Tried, Justice Denied’. Author Barbara Davis is entitled to her changed viewpoint regarding the outcome. I actually commend the courage to do so. Certainly she is well educated on the topic but not the authority. There are still numerous FACTS, not theories or opinions, that Darlie’s defense can’t defend nor change.

    On an emotional level, many still can’t get past the ‘silly spray’ episode. Yadda…Yadda…Yadda with the “We all grieve differently”. Have yet, except a defense lawyer, believe that is a normal grieving process. This woman has been so traumatized at the murder & loss of her babies that she has amnesia,unable to help law enforcement with detail. But within 8 days after, is centered enough to smile, laugh and spray silly-string at the graves of those forever lost babies.Yeah, and I got a bridge I can sell ya…….

    Enjoyed this site. Put together an articulate,concise and detail story. One interesting bit – on closing argument (Defense Lawyer Mr. Mulder, pages 3-4) Freudian slip ?
    Regarding the wineglass, “She didn’t throw it down, that was broken as she….as the assailant went out of there.
    Opps!

  2. Thank you for making this material available. This case once again highlights problems with prosecutorial polizio-judicial processes, which I have recently become involved with over the prosecution and false imprisonment of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. At least that has now been overturned as the result of a laborious appeal, which actually re-examined evidence, and did not accept the infallability of Police and Prosecutors.

    Components in the Darlie Routier case, which was from the start even more improbable (and that is saying something) than the case brought against Knox and Sollecito which come out of an initial study of these files, are as follows.

    1) There is no protection against polizio-prosecutorial misconduct by somebody leading the investigation and prosecution who has an inborn brain defect which means they have never developed a conscience and capacity for empathy. Such people (Primary Psychopaths) form at least 1% of the population, hide under the mask of sanity and engage in instrumental aggression targeted at innocent victims. These victims, as here are at other ends of the Baron-Cohen’s empathy spectrum. Such victims main weakness is to be excessively trusting and vulnerable, and we have seen this in the cases of both Amanda Knox and Darlie Routier. Psychopaths are very cunning, and can hide well their inhumanity and superficially pass themselves off as normal.

    2) Once an individual primary psychopath attains local power, they expand their harm by creating about them intrinsically psychopathic systems, which they do by exploiting the perceived weaknesses of others in their payroll. They play on the whatever personality defect they find, and exploit all the weaknesses in the particular system and profession in which they work. Remember, their principal properties are callousness, grandiosity, lying and coming to believe their own lies, fearlessness, and targeted aggression; these are especially relevant in a judicial process which depends on lies and making the worst case against the accused, and on these arguments then being countered by the defence. The lay jury is supposed miraculously to arrive at the truth, by balancing emotions, prejudices and lies against actual evidence.

    3) It is obvious from the targeting, conviction and ruthless sentencing of Darlie Routier that the system in that Court was weighted firmly in favour of the prosecution, who both started the venemous attack, and finished the attack in the same vein on Darlie Routier. Therefore the presumption of guilt was there from the very beginning. As with the case against Knox and Sollecito, the state was able to bring unlimited resources to bear to support the targeted aggression against Darlie, who as the defence said, were uniquely placed and held in the cross-hairs of a man who decided on her guilt, and then constructed the ‘facts’ to support it.

    4) The judge was extremely weak, offering no direction to the Jury as to what were concrete evidence and what was speculative supposition; and throwing out supposition. Though in the USA there are supposed to be strict rules of disclosure, which in some jurisdictions would have led to the rejection of the case out of hand, these were not applied.

    5) NO weight was given to the extraordinary improbability of a normal loving mother attacking and killing her two young sons, out of the blue. This would have to be an indication of severe psychosis, notably schizophrenia, (which would lead to diminished responsibility) but she was found to be mentally stable. The expert evidence that she could not possibly have inflicted her own wounds was brushed aside, as was much other evidence.

    6). The judge should never have allowed so much contrived circumstantial evidence to be used, including especially the silly string episode episode at the graveside, which most of us would see as a touching form of grieving and attempted communication across the grave to two beloved little boys, but was distorted by minds quite incapable of any empathy.

    7) The exceptional exposure and diabolisation of Darlie Routier in the Press (worthy of a the Salem Witch Trials) meant that it was absolutely impossible for her to get a fair trial.

    8) The rules of engagement were biased against the defense, whose rebuttal was made to be extremely rushed. The ‘game’ of such a trial playing with a young woman’s life, comes across in these proceedings.

    9) The extraordinary change of opinion by the author Barbara Davis is commendable, and this and the reasons she has for doing so, should be taken as extremely strong evidence that there has been a gross and willful miscarriage of justice here. Basically she admits that in rushing to write her book she was far too trusting that the police and forensic system was not capable of what she now knows was great evil, directed in the most unprincipled and ruthless way at an innocent woman who had just sustained the brutal loss of two of her nearest and dearest.

    Finally, if any evidence was needed of the barbaric nature of the Death Penalty, no case illustrates it better than this one.

    • “It is obvious from the targeting, conviction and ruthless sentencing of Darlie Routier that the system in that Court was weighted firmly in favour of the prosecution,

      It should be obvious from the evidence. Ruthless sentencing? A ruthless sentence for two ruthless murders of two innocent children.

      “Therefore the presumption of guilt was there from the very beginning.

      Right. Prosecutors are not bound by “innocent until proven guilty”.

      “As with the case against Knox and Sollecito,..”

      Not sure I get the comparison you keep trying to make. What does Amanda Knox have to do with Darlie Routier?

      “NO weight was given to the extraordinary improbability of a normal loving mother attacking and killing her two young sons, out of the blue. This would have to be an indication of severe psychosis, notably schizophrenia, (which would lead to diminished responsibility) but she was found to be mentally stable.”

      A mother doesn’t have to be suffering from any of those things to kill. Shame on you because I feel confident that you are aware of that. Read Resnick on mothers who kill.

      Extraordinary improbability? This kind of thing happens all the time.

      “The expert evidence that she could not possibly have inflicted her own wounds was brushed aside, as was much other evidence.”

      Wrong. Defense witness, Dr Vincent DiMaio, agreed that it was possible that her wounds were self inflicted.

      What evidence was brushed aside?

      “…the silly string episode episode at the graveside, which most of us would see as a touching form of grieving and attempted communication across the grave to two beloved little boys, but was distorted by minds quite incapable of any empathy.”

      What a crock. Most people saw it as her being at her son’s graveside 8 days after their brutal murders not showing one ounce of grief. Period.

      “The exceptional exposure and diabolisation of Darlie Routier in the Press (worthy of a the Salem Witch Trials) meant that it was absolutely impossible for her to get a fair trial.”

      Literally, LOL … what was unfair about her trial?

      “The extraordinary change of opinion by the author Barbara Davis is commendable, and this and the reasons she has for doing so, should be taken as extremely strong evidence that there has been a gross and willful miscarriage of justice here.”

      Right. Too bad Barbara Davis wrote about the injuries she claimed not to see photo’s of in Precious Angels. She even described the bruising and said that she believed the bruises came from Devon kicking Darlie. How in the world would her change of heart be evidence of anything? Davis has zero credibility and her “change of heart” means nothing except she’ll probably be the first to write a biography after Darlie is executed.

      Darlie’s own attorney, Stephen Cooper doesn’t even trust Barbara Davis’ change of heart:

      “A bit of a character himself, Cooper doesn’t know what to make of the Barbara Davis turnabout. “I’m thinking double agent,” Cooper says. “You have to understand, Hitler had a higher standing with Darlie’s family than Barbara Davis when her book came out. Now I hear she’s changing her position and visiting my client on a regular basis. It’s like re-electing Richard Nixon. Yeah, maybe he can change, but why risk it?”

      http://www.dallasobserver.com/1999-05-06/news/the-cult-of-darlie/5/

  3. Meg you haven’t read anything that makes you think Darlie is innocent??? Really, did you miss the part about her neck being slashed within 2 mm (measure that on a ruler) of her carotid artery? Did you miss the part about her necklace having to be surgically removed from that same neck wound? Did you look at the picture of that neck wound. It is made by a right handed person facing her. A right handed person who inflicted that wound would have started on their left side and cut to the right. The wound clearly starts on her right side and goes to her left side. The 2nd cut to the right of that one lines up perfectly with the 1st one. Saying she inflicted that wound is like saying Nicole Brown Simpson inflicted her neck wound. It’s impossible unless you are heavily drugged and she wasn’t. It would also be just about impossible to stop that close to the artery without medical knowledge, nope she didn’t have medical training.
    The jury obviously did not follow directions, 1. Pay attention, how come 5 or 6 of them that were interviewed for a tv show said they didn’t see the pictures of all her bruises? Did they believe the media before the trial so they didn’t even look at the pictures or were we lied to and they were not entered into evidence? 2. DO NOT discuss what you have heard with anyone not even each other. in other words do not talk to each other about her guilt or innocence until you start deliberating. However, the jury foreman said they were all wanting to acquit her until the prosecutions blood expert Bevel testified. He was their last witness. After that the defense has their turn then the prosecution gets to rebut what the defense said. Obviously they discussed it if he knew they all wanted to acquit her until Bevins testified. There was several days of testimony after that.
    The media needs to STOP the massive reporting of things they don’t know about. They convince the readers that someone is guilty or innocent long before there is a trial. Darlie Routier is innocent, check out her husband. I bet he knows who killed her children, if not he does know who set it up. Whenever I think about her I pray the truth will come out before it is to late for her.
    I do believe in the death penalty, however, I think that texans either don’t pay attention to the trial, are stupid or honestly just don’t understand what their job is. I watch Dateline, 20/20/ 48 hours and any other show that has cases like this. I read the paper and books that are written and I cringe when I hear what the jurors say. “I felt pressured to go along with everyone else”, “I found her/him guilty because I didn’t see how anyone else could have done it”, “I went home and tried something that I heard in court and I could not do it, if I couldn’t do that how could he/she”, “my husband/wife told me they heard on the news…..”. All of these are jury misconduct, but it happens all the time in TX.
    Texas has executed more than 1 innocent person. A witness in San Antonio recanted his testimony several years after the person was executed. When it became a big deal the DA Susan Reed actually threatened to have him charged with murder by death chamber, no mention of the police officers that threatened him with deportation (he was and is an illegal alien) if he didn’t testify it was the young man they wanted convicted. There was a black man executed and the ONLY evidence they had was a woman who said she saw him across the parking lot at night. You try identifying a black person from 20 feet away in a dark parking lot around 11 pm, then walk over and see how close you were.
    It’s my opinion that to execute someone you need to have some sort of positive evidence like DNA, a confession, the weapon found with you, your bloody clothes, etc. Witness identification and/or circumstantial evidence is not enough to execute. Most people on death row say they are innocent but when they are strapped to that gurney, the needle is in the vein and the drugs are about to or are flowing, most of them beg for forgiveness. Go to the TX death row website and start reading their last statements and you will see it is true.

    • “Did you miss the part about her necklace having to be surgically removed from that same neck wound?”

      Absolutely not true. The necklace was stuck to her neck with blood and was easily removed before Darlie was taken to surgery.

      “Did you look at the picture of that neck wound. It is made by a right handed person facing her.”

      Wow. Where did you get that?

      “Saying she inflicted that wound is like saying Nicole Brown Simpson inflicted her neck wound.”

      It’s nothing like that. Not in the least. Darlie’s wounds in no way compare to Nicole Brown Simpson’s. They should, though. The same intruder that slaughtered those boys would have taken Darlie’s head off.

      “It would also be just about impossible to stop that close to the artery without medical knowledge, nope she didn’t have medical training.”

      Nope, she sure didn’t. That’s one of the reasons that I doubt that Darlie knew anything at all about her carotid artery, including it’s exact location.

      “Pay attention, how come 5 or 6 of them that were interviewed for a tv show said they didn’t see the pictures of all her bruises?”

      Pay attention, what you’re saying isn’t true. One juror and only one juror, Charlie Samford, claimed not to have seen photo’s of Darlie’s injuries several years after Darlie’s conviction. Eleven other jurors say they were seen, not to mention page after page of testimony regarding her injuries. Her injuries were a huge part of her defense.

      “…in other words do not talk to each other about her guilt or innocence until you start deliberating. However, the jury foreman said they were all wanting to acquit her until the prosecutions blood expert Bevel testified.

      Do you have a link for this info? I believe you’re confused. No one wanted to believe that Darlie was guilty.

      “He was their last witness.”

      Bevel was not the last witness for the State, Alan Brantley was.

      “The media needs to STOP the massive reporting of things they don’t know about.”

      The media is not responsible for the misinformation out there. That comes from Darlie’s family and is then perpetuated by her supporters.

      “Darlie Routier is innocent, check out her husband. I bet he knows who killed her children…”

      He sure does. That’s why he accused her as soon as he came downstairs, as heard on the 911 call.

      “Texas has executed more than 1 innocent person.”

      Who?

      “You try identifying a black person from 20 feet away in a dark parking lot around 11 pm, then walk over and see how close you were.”

      Wow… prejudiced much?

      “It’s my opinion that to execute someone you need to have some sort of positive evidence like DNA, a confession, the weapon found with you, your bloody clothes, etc.’

      Perhaps you should review the evidence in this case.

  4. Even Ray Charles knows Darlie did it. Zero evidence of an intruder. Did aliens fly in and do the deed? Guess that will be her next story once the DNA is completed (if her fans ever come up with the dough to pay for them) and proves it was Darlie.

  5. I have no idea who did this, but I have just listened to the 911 tape which someone mentioned ie:

    “Darlie Routier is innocent, check out her husband. I bet he knows who killed her children…”

    “He sure does. That’s why he accused her as soon as he came downstairs, as heard on the 911 call.”

    I didn’t hear any accusation on the 911 tape, there is little heard of Darin at all. could you please explain when and how he accused her?

    • Listen to the 911 call. You hear her say “I didn’t do anything Darin. Somebody came in and did this” She also stayed on the phone for over 8 long minutes instead of seeing abut her sons.

  6. I have always thought the husband did it

    • She has maintained for over 19 years that it wasn’t Darin. She also would not be in prison covering for him had he done it.

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