Thursday, June 19, 2008
Darlie Routier: New Hope From the Row
Darlie Routier talks of new hope from death row
A Rowlett mother placed on death row for the murder of her 2 sons has expressed hope that new DNA tests will clear her name.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that Darlie Routier, who has always claimed a home intruder was the true killer, will be allowed to re-conduct DNA testing on items from the scene of the crime...
...Routier said she hopes the DNA tests will find another source of blood, other than her's or her two sons'...Routier was convicted more than 10 years ago.
Talking from jail, Routier said that new technology will prove that she is not a killer.
"Well, do you have that much time?" said Routier when asked how so many people, and the justice system, could have been wrong in her case.
When Rowlett police arrested Routier in 1996, they were certain they had it right. The prosecution said Routier stabbed her children, Devon and Damon, and then stabbed herself to cover it up. The jury agreed.
"I was there," she said. "I know that I didn't murder my children. I know I did not attack myself."
Wednesday, a judge ruled Routier's legal team can take a fresh look at hair and blood evidence. All that will be tested is evidence that, at the time, could not be linked to anyone in the house.
"Everything that I've said is a truth," Routier said. "And it's right there. It's just a matter of a person taking the time to really look at
...The judge's ruling said the case against Routier is still strong. But if
new testing supports Routier's claim, it might be enough to sway a jury.
(source: WFAA News)
Mrs. Routier remains on the state's death row for women in Gatesville.
Timeline: Darlie Routier case
June 6, 1996: Routier brothers Damon, 5, and Devon, 6, are found stabbed to death in the family's Rowlett home. Darlie Routier, 26, has cut and stab wounds on her neck and upper body. Husband Darin Routier, 28, and son Drake, 8 months, are unharmed.
June 18, 1996: Mrs. Routier is arrested on capital murder charges.
February 1997: After a change of venue, jurors in Kerrville convict Mrs.Routier of capital murder and sentence her to death for killing Damon.
May 21, 2003: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upholds the conviction and sentence.
Dec. 1, 2004: The Court of Criminal Appeals denies a writ of habeas corpus.
Jan. 25, 2007: Dallas Judge Robert Francis denies Mrs. Routier's request for DNA testing.
June 18, 2008: The Court of Criminal Appeals overrules Judge Francis and grants limited DNA testing.
Posted by CN at 4:13 PM