Category Archives: Darlie Routier

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 12)


What’s happened since I wrote those blog posts about 2-3 years ago?  In 2009, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Darlie’s motion for more DNA testing. This was the second time her attorneys got that ruling.   Last July, Darlie’s husband Darin filed for divorce to move on from the “limbo” their lives have been in. The divorce was final in October. No execution date has been set.

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 11)


Part 11: Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Maybe Darlie Didn’t Do It

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Five years after Darlie Routier was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of her children, the Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth wrote a follow-up story with some startling revelations. Among them, a bloody fingerprint doesn’t match Darlie, her husband Darin or their two murdered sons Damon and Devon. Nor does it match any of the police or EMT’s called to the scene. He points out the question was out there then and continues today about whether the prosecution manipulated evidence to point to the only person they believed could have done this horrific crime–Darlie. One juror now believes the jury made a mistake. And as if that weren’t enough, Skip reveals that Darin told him about an insurance fraud scheme he planned out faking a burglary to collect on the insurance. He writes, “But according to the affidavit given to me by Darlie’s stepfather, Bob Kee, Darin said in the spring of 1996 that he had a plan in which he and his family would be gone from the house and that a “burglar,” hired by him, would pull up with a U-Haul truck, remove household items, and keep them hidden until the insurance company paid the claim. All that was needed, Darin said, was someone to do the job.” There’s no evidence Darin ever followed through with this plan. But it does raise the possibility that if he did, if he talked to a prospective “burglar” about this, it could explain the mystery black car some claimed was staking out the house. It doesn’t explain much more than that, however. Read the rest of this entry

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. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 9)


Part 9: Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? The People Speak

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A lot of time has passed since the conviction of Darlie Routier. But people still talk about her case. I’ve received a lot of email and comments and I’ve found many others on other sites. So here is a sampling of what people are thinking.

Thanks for highlighting this story. I do believe she needs another trial with ALL of the evidence presented, not just a part of it.

I have followed Darlie and this case since the beginning. I did not believe that she was guilty then, and I still believe in her innocence. This is a very bizarre case, I have to agree. To me the evidence has always pointed to an intruder, and I have my suspicions about the police involved. I pray for Darlie and her husband to this day. Read the rest of this entry

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

 
Well, if you’ve been following this story at all, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the verdict. Darlie Routier is on death row in Texas and has been there for 12 years. The average time spent on death row in the Lone Star State before execution is 10 years, so in effect, Darlie is on borrowed time. The question remains, should she be there at all? Let’s go to the jury’s verdict first. The deliberated for just 7 hours. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 7)


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Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Prosecution Wraps Up Arguments


Before jury deliberations, Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis had the last word. In a span of 45 minutes, he needed to tie together the evidence presented while at the same time, dismissing much of what the defense wanted the jury to believe. And he invoked the name of Susan Smith, who less than two years prior was convicted of murdering her children. That case shocked the nation and was still fresh on people’s minds. The Smith case was a bit more clear cut. I don’t think there are many who don’t believe she’s guilty. Darlie Routier’s case is not quite as clear cut. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 6)


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Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Defense Closing Arguments Continue

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It’s now left to Darlie Routier’s attorney Douglas Mulder to leave the jury with the infamous “reasonable doubt.” His closing statements provide a lot of “reasonable doubt” if the evidence provided by the prosecution wasn’t strong enough. The bloody sock in the alley…with no blood from Darlie leading to it. How did the sock get there with no trail? How about the neighbor who said two men tried to break into her house that night…using a knife or screwdriver to get through the window? The mysterious black car comes up again…with a witness saying it sped away as emergency vehicles arrived. And he cleared up a misconception heard on the 911 tapes. While it appeared Darlie was telling the 911 operator that she picked up the knife on the floor and her fear that there may have been fingerprints on it, she was in fact talking to the first police officer on the scene and answering his questions. Did Mulder tell a convincing enough story? Based on the trials outcome, apparently not, but take a look for yourself. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 5)


Reposted from ZeroGossip.com

Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Defense Closing Arguments

 
It was taking me hours to remove the line numbers and reformat the transcipts. I’ve decided to keep the court transcripts as they are to save on time I just don’t have! Just keep in mind the numbers on the left of each line are for record keeping and are found in any court transcript you may see.

In today’s entry, Darlie’s defense makes their last plea for a not guilty verdict to the jury. Her team includes attorneys Curtis Glover, Richard Mosty and Douglas Mulder…all will make closing arguments beginning with Attorney Glover. He implies the Rowlett Police Department needed the help of an expert to help them deal with this type of crime scene and called in a retired sheriff from Dallas. His quick assessment that there was no intruder, Glover says, kept law enforcement from looking at anyone but Darlie. He suggests that if Darlie’s injuries were fatal, her husband Darin would be the defendent. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 4)


Reposted from ZeroGossip.com

Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Prosecution Closing Arguments

On January 31, 1997–a little more than 3 weeks from the beginning of Darlie Routier’s murder trial, the state and the defense presented their closing arguments to the jury. Representing the prosecution was attorney Toby Shook. His current bio says, “With over twenty years experience with the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Shook rose to the rank of Chief of the Felony Trial Division and has tried some of the most high-profile cases in Dallas County history including the Texas Seven prison escapees, serial killer Charles Albright, the AMC Grand killer, and was assigned the Darlie Routier prosecution team.” He is now in private practice as a defense attorney. A couple of things stand out to me (and I plan on dissecting the defense closing arguments too): First, he stresses the importance of circumstantial evidence; he talks about the first police officer who arrived on scene who didn’t check immediately for an intruder as he had to wait for back-up (understandable) but at the same time, the officer wanted Darlie, who was injured herself with knife wounds and a slashed throat (there was no way to determine at the time how serious) to tend to her dying son; he essentially said the emergency room doctors and surgeons performed unnecessary surgery on Darlie because they thought she was a victim and wanted to keep her away from the media. He says they told the jury that if this had been a household accident, they wouldn’t have performed this surgery and sent her home within hours; and he did a good job at casting doubt on Darlie’s claim of amnesia. Here are his closing arguments against Darlie Routier which went on for about an hour.If you want to read the full transcripts of the trial, click here. Be prepared to spend a few days reading.  Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later-Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 2)


Reposted from ZeroGossip.com

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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
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