Darlie Routier

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Darlie Routier
Born Darlie Lynn Peck
(1970-01-04) January 4, 1970 (age 44)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Criminal penalty
Death by lethal injection
Criminal status
On death row
Conviction(s) Capital murder, 1 count

Darlie Lynn Routier (born January 4, 1970) is an American woman from Rowlett, Texas, who was convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son, Damon. As of 2014, Routier is on death row awaiting execution by lethal injection.

Murder[edit]

On June 6, 1996, at 2:31 am Rowlett 911 received a call from 5801 Eagle Dr, the home of Darlie Routier. Routier told the operator that her home had been broken into and that an intruder stabbed two of her sons, Damon (age 5) and Devon (age 6), and attacked her, which she claimed to have slept through. The youngest child, Drake (age 7 months) was asleep upstairs with his father and was unharmed.

During the 911 call, Routier said that she'd found a knife on the floor. She told police she had touched the knife and picked it up saying, "We could have gotten the prints, maybe."[1]

Newscasts appeared of Darlie Routier and other family members holding a birthday party at the children's grave to celebrate posthumously Devon's 7th birthday, just eight days after the murders. Darlie was shown smiling and laughing as she sprayed Silly String on the graves in celebration of Devon's birthday.

Four days later, Darlie Routier was charged with capital murder.

Trial[edit]

Mountain View Unit, where Routier is held

Routier testified that an intruder killed her children but police found inconsistencies between her report and the crime scene evidence and testified to that at trial. The prosecution suggested that Routier murdered her sons because of the family's financial difficulties. Prosecutors described Routier as a pampered, materialistic woman with substantial debt, plummeting credit ratings, and little money in the bank who feared that her lifestyle was about to end.

Crime scene consultant James Cron testified that evidence found suggested the crime scene had been staged. [1]

Attending physicians Dr. Alejandro Santos and Dr. Patrick Dillawn testified and referred to Routier's wounds as superficial, although another doctor claimed her neck wound came within two millimeters of her carotid artery. Blood spatter expert Tom Bevel testified that cast-off blood found on the back of Routier's nightshirt indicated that she had raised the knife over her head as she withdrew it from each boy to stab again. <http://www.guiltybydefault.com/transcripts.php>

Routier testified in her own defense, but broke down under cross-examination after being confronted with letters she'd written while in jail stating she knew who had committed the murders. Routier was convicted of murdering Damon, the younger of the two sons, and on February 1, 1997 was sentenced to death by lethal injection.[2]

Divorce[edit]

In June 2011, Darin Routier filed for divorce. He said that the decision to divorce was mutual and "very difficult," and that he still believes his wife is innocent. He said that they decided on the divorce to move on from the "limbo" they've been in since her arrest and conviction.[3]

Innocence claims[edit]

Defense attorneys allege that errors were made during Routier's trial and the investigation of the murders, especially at the crime scene.

Routier's family maintains a website that proclaims her innocence and a new site has been created by her supporters to present their views and claims of her innocence.

In late 2013, exoneree David Camm said he would be working as a case coordinator for Investigating Innocence, a national nonprofit that provides criminal-defense investigations for inmates, and that Routier's would be his first case.[4]

Current status[edit]

In 2008 Routier was granted the right to new DNA tests. Her appeals have been remanded to the state level for improved DNA testing. Once all state-level testing has been completed, the testing ordered by the federal courts will begin. Routier remains incarcerated on death row located in Gatesville, Texas at the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department Of Criminal Justice. She is assigned Department of Criminal Justice Identification Number 00999220.

On January 29, 2014 Chief Judge of the Western District Fred Biery granted a request from prosecution and defense for the Routier case to remain in the federal court to allow further DNA tests vital to the defense to be carried out on a bloody fingerprint found in the house, a bloody sock and Routier's nightgown.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fordarlieroutier.org/911Call/
  2. ^ a b Ray, Phil. Judge allows new trial request for Routier case. Altoona Mirror. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Darlie Routier's Husband Files For Divorce". Wfaa.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Stephan (December 1, 2013). "David Camm Speaks". WDRB. 

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