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Darlie Routier: Twenty Years on Death Row

Updated on January 15, 2017
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Polly is far from politically correct when it comes to justice. Truth means more to her than making fans; saying what they want to hear!

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Met as Young Teens

Darin was 17 and Darlie only 15 when they met.

Darlie Routier is an American woman from Texas who was convicted of murdering her 5-yr-old son, Damon. Her other son was also killed, though she was only tried for Damon's murder.

Some say there is more to this trial than the official investigation showed.

These three children were Darlie's only claim to financial gain as anyone knows. Worth much more to her alive than dead if that was her purpose.
These three children were Darlie's only claim to financial gain as anyone knows. Worth much more to her alive than dead if that was her purpose. | Source

Background

How long would it take to make all these wounds?

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Were these wounds self inflicted?
Were these wounds self inflicted? | Source

Darlie has no history of mental illness. She was not abusive to her sons. She was faithful to her husband and there is no fact from anyone saying differently on any of this.

Darlie moved to Lubbock as a teenager with her mom and stepdad. She met Darin in a Western Sizzlin' where her mother worked and so did Darin as a cook. He was 17 and she was 15 and they married four years later.

After moving to the Dallas area he began his own small company that tested electronic components and when he became a success in the early nineties, they bought a nice house and spent thousands getting it just how they wanted. Darin bought a thirty-foot cabin cruiser and a 1982 Jaguar. They went a little wild with their money and Darlie bought new boobs and flashy jewelry.

The neighbors never saw them as wild though. She had kids in and baked cookies for them. Those kids stood up for her against the accusation that she killed her sons. Darin and Darlie helped out a cancer patient neighbor with a mortgage payment and seemed to have a heart. Whose idea was that, I don’t know, but Darlie was baking the cookies.

All of a sudden their business went downhill and they got behind on their bills it is claimed. They owed $10,000 in back taxes and $12,000 on credit cards. Darin and an incomplete diary entry show Darlie was considering suicide a month before the murders. It was a fleeting thought apparently. My doctor once asked me if I had ever thought about suicide and my answer was, "Hasn't everyone?" He laughed, for it is true. Maybe to different extents but if you know the word you have thought about it. If you have something you just think you can't face you may think about it, so I consider that pretty normal and nothing to even consider in anyone's sanity.

She had gone through the birth of a third baby and was trying to get off a little extra weight and at that age I think many of us go through a little something anyway. Like did we make the right decisions in life, have we chosen the right path? Thirty is coming up and to twenties that looks old! It is nothing serious but a little something as I say, and combined with all else going on with her she probably was suffering not abnormally from slight depression. That does not a murderer make.

Looking happy as always.
Looking happy as always. | Source

What the Jury Didn't Know

Darlie's Injuries

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Never brought to the attention of the jury were other things of alarm and great importance, including the pictures of Darlie's cuts and bruises on her arms taken when she was hospitalized the night of the murders. One juror told reporters he would never have voted to convict if he had seen the photographs. I would be sure others would have agreed. That is when I knew without a doubt! These are defense wounds, clearly. Yes, there were photos of the wound but this juror and the author who at first had Darlie guilty but changed her mind later said these really bad bruised photos were never seen by them. They did see the silly string plenty though which was an illegal entry into this trial!



"When they arrested Darlie, we just pretty much lost it," says Darin, and says they have never been able to grieve for their children but it is Darlie's husband and mother who have steadfastly continued the fight. They have appeared 10 times on nationally televised talk shows, printed up bumper stickers and have a toll-free phone number ( (888) 883-FAIR) appealing for donations and information that could help "find the real person who attacked Darlie and murdered her children." They have gathered support. Right now, they say, freeing Darlie is the only fight that counts.

Drake Routier looks just like his mother. The blue eyes, wide face, and his mother's mouth. The court took Darin's custody of the child, who was 7 months old at the time of the murders, simply because he defended Darlie! This is Texas law? His parents were allowed to raise the baby and he was given rights to visit him but still! Does this horror never end? If Darin is guilty of nothing how could they take custody of his child from him?

Darin and Darlie moved into her mother's home after the murders and lost the $200,000 house they built, also their 35-foot cabin cruiser, '86 Jaguar, plus some. Legal fees and bad publicity about the case ruined him financially. His electronics business, bringing a salary of $500,000 in 1995, lost 14 of its 17 clients and all its employees.

Are Her Injuries Authentic?

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She was a genius if she planned this one. So real looking.  Did she do this?Or this?Why would she put a planned bruise here, I wonder?Seems like a slight turn would be a clearer picture, doesn't it?
She was a genius if she planned this one. So real looking.
She was a genius if she planned this one. So real looking.
Did she do this?
Did she do this?
Or this?
Or this?
Why would she put a planned bruise here, I wonder?
Why would she put a planned bruise here, I wonder?
Seems like a slight turn would be a clearer picture, doesn't it?
Seems like a slight turn would be a clearer picture, doesn't it?
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One-sided Testimonies

There were many bad testimonies from people making Darlie look bad. There were no testimonies of the people who saw her much differently. Darin and Ms. Kee claim Darlie's trial mocked the judicial system. Evidence that would have cleared her was never presented, witnesses who could have contradicted the prosecution's assertions never testified, forensics testing was botched, and depositions were distorted.

Unidentified Fingerprints

Forensic fingerprint tests done after Darlie's trial still show that she is innocent of the crime for which she was convicted. A bloody fingerprint taken from her living room coffee table did not belong to anyone living in her home, and two more fingerprints in the utility room and door leading to the garage in which Darlie thinks the murderer escaped the Darin's home after attacking her and her two sons. No matter, repeated requests, the Court will not grant the evidential hearing necessary to investigate and evaluate this evidence.

Taken from the utility room door is a patent bloody fingerprint—this is the first one. Forensic fingerprint analyst Glenn Langenburg proved positively Darlin is excluded as the owner of this print. Darlin's exclusion as the source of this print indicates that an unknown third party not only deposited this print, but deposited it in blood, on the night of the murders.

The second print taken from this door is a latent print located below the patent bloody fingerprint. Latent print consultant Robert Lohnes checked this print in 2003 and said that it matched the second finger joint of Darin Routier on the middle finger of the left hand.

In addition, Langenburg currently is conducting a second examination of the bloody fingerprint on the utility room door to determine whether Darin Routier can also be excluded as the source of this print. If, as Darlie expects, Darin Routier is not the source of this print, Darlie definitively will have demonstrated that an unknown third party deposited two separate fingerprints, one of them in the victims' blood, while fleeing the scene on the night of the murders.

Other Unexamined Elements

Who Had the Most to Gain?

Insurance Scam Attempt

Darin Routier has admitted to trying to arrange an insurance scam, which included someone breaking into their home. He has admitted that he had begun the initial steps to arrange a break-in, but that it was to be done when no one was at home. No jury has heard this admission.

Surely any law would be all over this, how many ways could this be the answer? Maybe not even the way Darin meant it to be but caused with unlawful schemes. I could understand them suspecting him, I really could, and why don't they? I don't believe Darlie would even suspect him, but if I were Darlie I would have to give that some serious thought, but I think Darlie is as I say so much like my own daughter. Either a lack of intelligence or too much into her self, which does not equal a murderer. I keep waiting for my daughter to change and act more mature, but I suspect like Darlie it is just who she is. No changing.

"Birthday Party" Footage

The "birthday party" film that was viewed by the jury that made me think that is a killer, showed Darlie dancing on the graves of her son along with other family members, but did not show the hours previous to that scene when Darlie sobbed and grieved over the graves with her husband Darin. Why was the entire footage not shown?

Black Car on Night of Crime

Neighbors saw a black car sitting in front of the Routier home a week before the murders took place. Other neighbors saw that same car leaving the area on the night of the murders.

Missing or Damaged Evidence?

There was talk the police did not protect the evidence as they gathered it, possibly damaging its origins. Is this true? The investigators told the press that the screen was cut from the inside though it was later proven in court to be cut from the outside. Hm? Police investigated this? The investigators took the fifth amendment—what were they afraid to say? You know without doubt they are hiding something. How are law witnesses allowed to take the fifth? On their deathbed will just one of them spill the truth?

Where Was Darin?

When the paramedics arrived at the scene they said that Darin Routier was outside, but Darin was inside trying to save his children, so who was the man they thought was him? It was reported the testimony of the nurses was coached and rehearsed in mock trials by the prosecution prior to their testimony.

Cut in Darlie's Neck

Saying the cut in her neck was 2mm of the carotid sheath but external to the carotid artery was what Darlie's operating surgeons reported, and that the necklace she had on blocked the cut from going deeper, showing the seriousness and unlikelihood that Darlie did or even could have done this herself.

Found Hair

There was a pubic hair found in the living room. Whose? Did debris on the knife in the kitchen get debris on the knife from police in the kitchen investigating the murder, or did it come from the screen door?

Darin's Jeans

Darin's jeans had blood on them. Why did no one look into this? (Dear God! He is walking around free, he looks the more guilty of the two!) Sometimes I think children could run this world better. Does nothing enter the court's mind about this? Is it too late because they would be hanging themselves? Are they just that lazy? So they just pick someone so it's over?

Mistakes in the Court Report

The court reporter made mistakes in the manuscript so was there an improper read-back of testimony? Why is prosecution not forced to turn over evidence they have that should be available to both sides? Gee, anyone who watches TV knows this rule.

Reluctance for DNA Testing

WHY? DNA testing could put many of these questions to rest. Why is there such a reluctance to do the testing? Many, such as people interested in writing Darlie's story have come to her side and since then have run into convenience problems seeing her or were simply blocked!

Reasonable Doubt

An Incomplete Picture

Video shows....

Darlie changed hands to slit her throat?

Nurses had two different testimonies.

Claims certain photos were not seen in trial.

Bloody fingerprint not identified.

Missing transcripts from court papers...words changed to change meanings.

It is impossible to believe how much trouble the legal system will go to to make things turn out the way they want. Just knowing the jury did not see this picture is enough to get the woman a new trial, but no. Not only did she lose two children murdered but she cannot get back her youngest son. So one day she may get out and a big settlement. What about the ones who do things like this? Shouldn't they be locked up? I think so!

My View of Her Changed As I Got More Evidence

When I saw Darlie dancing around her children's graves, spraying silly string, laughing and acting so happy I thought, "of course she killed those babies," and I was filled with hate, seeing her acting this way and those babies of hers, murdered and in the ground beneath her.

I can't say that I accept this behavior even now but people are different and I know they are. It still doesn't make them guilty of murder. I really felt so guilty the more I listened, read, and learned. I am not the only one with a change of mind.

With Darlie, what I did not see was the same as what others did not see: Proof. How long will our rotten dirty judicial system keep getting by with having their say, right or wrong and hiding information to make things go the way they want? Why do they continually do this? What I and the jury did not see was Darlie's horrible cut and bruised black arms and hands: defensive wounds, without a doubt.

I have read many true crime books and this is almost a common thing, it has happened so often. The law wants to solve a crime so quickly some idiot decides how it happened and then makes sure it looks that way.

The Elements of Doubt

There are many things missing in this case.

  • Darin's admission of an insurance scam attempt.
  • The screen that was mis-reported as being cut from the inside.
  • Possible improper read-back of testimony to the jury by the court reporter
  • Apparent conflict of interested with the attorney that represented Darlie Routier at trial had an apparent conflict of interest, because he was said to have had a prearrangement with Darin Routier and other family members not to pursue any defense that could implicate Darin. This attorney supposedly stopped key experts for the defense from finishing forensic examinations.
  • The pictures of Darlie's cuts and bruises on her arms which were taken when she was hospitalized the night of the murders.
  • The prosecution's refusal to provide access to any evidence in their custody in the case.
  • No DNA testing.
  • Some writers who have interviewed Darlie Routier have decided to help her fight to get a new trial. Since reporting their opinions on her situation, they report that their ability to visit her has been blocked or made so inconvenient that little can be accomplished.
  • During the trial investigators invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during cross examination, preventing the defense from rebutting their testimony. Why? This alone would be reason for disbelief and a new trial!

Was This Just a Witch Hunt?

My take on the case

Wake up. Watch your back. It could be prison, pain, mental, or physical cruelty that Darlie will get them for. The list goes on and they know it, and besides that, people like me who will not let anyone forget how accountable they are and how often.

Look at Jon Benet Ramsey, her justice, her family, her poor mother. All those years with their eyes never looking anywhere but at mourning parents. Now does anyone think of the father, the brother? Does anyone think their lives will ever be normal? How different is this case?

Someone runs in and makes a Great Basil Detective decision and that's it! Look no farther. The whole force there should have been fired. They ruined three peoples' lives and found no justice for Jon Benet. Big surprise.

We know there is no justice and we know it a little more every day. What is wrong with these people put there to protect and help us? Do they need testing? Who are they? Did they come from prisons as someone in California says theirs do? Maybe we should be investigating them. It certainly looks that way.

There are so many and I think I would believe here is a case Darlie has against them for sure. They are covering their butts, with no compassion or interest in finding the true criminal.

They just don't want it found out they were wrong and if they do, they may have to pay big, which someone above them is warning them about. But for them, they should have to pay or go to jail, just like what they have put this woman through. If she is innocent, they are guilty, but what ever happens to them, they have committed a crime and are still committing it right now as far as I am concerned.

I am sure the law would force them to turn over evidence . . . or will it go so long it all just gets lost? We have heard that one too many times, huh? Hopefully their hands will be forced eventually and that is when we should demand true justice. They have no evidence against this woman. She at least deserves a new trial with all the evidence. If she were a rapist she would get it!

Look at that woman's wounds. The jury never did. I am not sure whoever her lawyer was shouldn't be charged. Look at all he failed to bring up or show that jury. Isn't that alone enough for a new trial?

We seem to have either many ignorant or crooked people in this case, and even if Darlie gets her new trial and is proven innocent and compensated (and how is that possible?), these people will never have to pay.

They may give them a vacation with pay until everyone forgets. There is so much of the judicial system in all of America that needs a serious investigation of why they are the way they are and in my opinion, much of America needs a clean sweep.

Some Things This Video Covers

No witness

No motive

Bloody fingerprint reality

Two who say dark wounds not shown

Darin failed polygraph saying he did not stab Darlie

Darlie unaware few minutes that she is even wounded

A must watch!

Darin Describes How Cops Ruin Crime Scene

Compare emotions of each parent as they speak of their sons.

Problems with this case!

Older video but full of reasonable doubt!

Facts for doubt

Doctors and Nurses Have Two Stories

Something to watch a little newer until I can get back with more but claiming here there are more than 30,000 mistakes in trial transcripts and just how close Darlie was to death. Plus some.

https://youtu.be/fw6h5gOPygY

Darin says coffee table is bent over. No evidence of this so why does he say this? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbgNmD63WMO1oAbuo0MbLw


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      Pollyannalana 5 hours ago from US

      Many in this case seem to have no conscience and the law enforcement for sure. I really do believe they made such a mess of the scene they had to pin it on someone fast and Darlie was the one, with Darin nodding in her direction all he could.

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      kezzy1996 46 hours ago

      Polly, I personally spoke to officer Nabors. They have no record of any investigation done on Darin.

      I asked Nabors to explain to me why Darin did two cpr attempts on Devon 4 minutes apart. You know what he said to me? I was making this up. He said Darin only did one cpr attempt on Devon and that was after officer Waddell arrived on scene.

      I asked him what he thought Darin was doing for the first three minutes and 30 seconds. We already know for a fact that he didn't help Damon or Darlie at all before or after Waddell arrived.

      I asked Nabors if he even read Darins police statement because Darin says he came down ran to Devon, lifted the table off of him and began cpr. Waddell didn't come in until 4 minutes later.

      Not only that, Nabors told me that Darin was not woken by a glass. He told me Darin was in his room when he heard Darlie on the phone with 911 screaming, I told him that is not what Darin said. He asked me how I knew that. I told him he has said that exact statement on every interview, and on the Leeza show, He laughed at me and hung up the phone.

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      kezzy1996 46 hours ago

      Polly, I agree with you 100 percent. Nobody really looked at Darlies mother or the true motive she introduced her under age daughter to Darin. I do believe that she had feelings for Darin. She isn't that much older.

      Darlie Kee and Darin were equally responsible for making that deal with Doug Mulder not to implicate Darin.

      You know they got thousands of dollars in donations for Darlie, they didn't spend that money on her defence. Mulder cut every corner he could. He saved money by not bringing in those experts even though they had already been paid 4000,00. He knew for a fact that the evidence would point at Darin and nobody else.

      Darlie hasn't had anyone from the start that she could trust. You have shown Darlie more care and affection than her own mother has. It has been all about the money for them, all of them. I don't believe Darlie has any idea of what they have been up to, or where all that donation money went. All I know is it didn't go towards Darlies defence. Her lawyer doesn't even answer the phone half the time, and he isn't interested in any new evidence.

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      Pollyannalana 47 hours ago from US

      I would say there is a definite thing we cannot understand in how a mother is so infatuated with a (boy) to want him for her daughter but then pretty much turn her back on her daughter in favor of him and that is how it is no matter how much she does or proclaims in Darlie's name. She and Darin have gotten to travel around and become celebrities while her daughter rots behind bars and surely even she can imagine the terror of that?

      Maybe Darlie has been a fool to believe all they tell her, maybe that has really saved her emotionally, who knows?

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      kezzy1996 3 days ago

      Pollyannalana, Your article has really opened our eyes. I don't believe we would have been able to look at Darin in a such a different light if it hadn't been for your honesty. Nobody wants to ever think a grandmother could be so evil, but she has been a real eye opener for me.

      I felt sorry for her when that lawyer called her trailer trash but when I began to look at her history and the way she raised her girls it was a real eye opener.

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      Pollyannalana 4 days ago from US

      I am sorry to have to say it Kezzy but I have to agree. It astounds me how her dedication seems to be toward Darin but that is all I see, too.

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      kezzy1996 4 days ago

      Pollyannalana, very well said Polly. There are a lot of people who come forward to give their opinions, but they don't bother to look at the facts in case. The negligence with the police department alone should have warranted a new, the court reporters mistakes and hiding transcripts should have given her a new trial, the fact that they never investigated Darin or Barbara Jovell should have given her a new trial. The list goes on and on. Darlie's mother knew she was with holding evidence that would have changed the outcome of that trial and she never said a word until after Darlie was convicted. To little to late for Darlies mother to start stepping up to help her daughter. To this day she still denies the facts in this case. Darlie Kee will allow her daughter to die protecting Darin.

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      Pollyannalana 4 days ago from US

      Lynn- You sure have not looked into this much or given it any deep thought. Don't think your sympathies would be with mama bear if so. Too bad, but your right to overlook all you want. The jury sure did.

      As far as Texas...yeah they have sure had to put out so many millions for false imprisonment so they would do all they could to prevent a new trial. Justice apparently means nothing to them. They all know Darlie is innocent. They will never kill her I don't believe, they like it just like it is. No one making too much noise.

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      Lynn 6 days ago

      Don't get too excited about new experts coming in. Everyone knows how this is going to end. The defence attorneys know how this is going to end but they are getting paid so keep their mouths shut. The totality of evidence is so strong, so overwhelming, so undeniable. There isnt going to be a new trial and Darlies sentence isn't going to change. Texas does executes women. Ask Karla Tucker, Francis Newton and all the rest. The main two women on texas death row struggling hard to get themselves out of the mess they created are Darlie and Linda Carty. Linda had a whole other country trying to help her with her lies and guess what...?... It's over Linda Carty isn't getting a new trial. Linda Carty is going to be executed. Texas dosent smell bullshit a mile away, they smell it across countries. The one person I feel really bad for in this is Darlies mother. I can't imaging having to live my life knowing my daughter killed my grandkids and watch her sit on death row. I think I would lose my mind. I hope some how Darlie has the guts to some how beg her mother's forgiveness for what she put her through. The worst for Darlies mother is yet to come. This poor woman has been running on hope and adrenaline for 20 years. I'm sure she wakes up thinking about this and goes to bed thinking about this. It's going to be a huge HUGE crash and burn when this execution takes place. I hope to God she has a strong support system and they better secretly start preparing.

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      kezzy1996 11 days ago

      Hello everyone, I was told that experts were brought in by the defence to argue the forensic evidence for Darlie. My understanding was Mulder didn't bring any of the experts in. Does anyone know if there was this evidence brought in for sure? Curious if I had somehow missed it. thanks

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      Virginia Kennedy 11 days ago

      This Woman has spent 20 years on Death Row. Many people get out of Jail in half that time for crimes more severe. Even the Drunk driver who kills parents and children spend 4 yrs in jail. The Justice system does not serve justice. She should be freed after this torturous sentence. The Death penalty should be abolished. What more punishment can you throw at a person who has sat on Death Row for 20 years then gets executed. Texas law is living in the Dark ages because murder is relative to Governments. Governments send Soldiers to War to kill as many of the Enemy as they can and this is acceptable Murder. Only the Government can get away with Murder and we don't hold them accountable. It's all fucked up

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      Jade 11 days ago

      I can't believe all the gullible people in this world. It's been 20 years and there is no new evidence. DNA testing was completed last June. If unknown DNA was found where is it? The infamous bloody fingerprint...if an expert for the defense said it's not smudged an they can get a print then why haven't they done it yet? I heard Darlies mother say "you can't cut a screen with a bread knife"...um...yes you can. The mom also said "you don't snap then snap back"...that's because she didn't snap. She thought this whole thing out. Darlie wrote a letter saying she knew who did it...let's hear someone explain that one. To top it off nobody absolutely nobody sleeps through an attack like that. I call bullshit on amnesia. No way. Darlie said her son woke her up saying "mommy mommy mommy"...he was saying that probably...when she was stabbing him to death. Darlie isn't going to get a new trial because there is no new evidence. Any defense attorney will keep this shit goin as long as someone is paying him. It's over. Throw in the towel. Is a done deal. This case has been closed. This is going to end just like killer Linda Cartys bullshit "new evidence". Both women are where they belong. I don't blame the mom for all the excuses she makes for her daughter, after all, any mother would sell their soul to the devil to save their child...except Darlie Routier

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      kezzy1996 12 days ago

      I have to ask this question. Darlie is on her lasts hopes here. What I don't understand is Darin claimed to be supporting Darlie for years. He said he believed in her. So why did he go to such great lengths to make sure that she never gave any reasonable doubt. Why? He had enough evidence to at least give reasonable doubt to the jury, but he refused to do that why?

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      kezzy1996 12 days ago

      I also agree, she deserves a new trial at the very least

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      Pollyannalana 12 days ago from US

      I agree with that CD.

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      Cherry Dumplin 2 weeks ago

      Darlie should NOT be on death row. They need to give this lady a new trial because it's clear that she didn't have a fair trial and her counsel was garbage. Our system DOES NOT WORK! How can we prove killing people is wrong by killing people? Too many innocent people have been murdered by the system and I believe if they murder Darlie they will have murdered another innocent person.

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      Marilyn wagers 3 weeks ago

      Darlie is innocent

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      Pollyannalana 3 weeks ago from US

      No Wendy I do not, I hope anyone with new information will leave it here for us. Seems a brick wall trying to find anything new on her.

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      Pollyannalana 3 weeks ago from US

      Dawn, there are many of us giving our prayers for Darlie. I hope soon they will be answered.

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      Pollyannalana 3 weeks ago from US

      Amen Martha, for sure.

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      Wendy Rose 3 weeks ago

      Does anyone know when the new testing of the DNA evidence will be done?

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      Laura 4 weeks ago

      I have seen a lot and read a lot on this I believe she is innocent

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      Dawn Culotti Halpin 4 weeks ago

      I pray that Darli is exonerated. I don't understand how critical evidence can be kept from the defense. God bless you Darli

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      Martha E Everhart 4 weeks ago

      I've always thought that she was innocent. One thing that I have learned is that I wouldn't want to move to Texas. How's her husband doing? He moved on and got married, correct? My prayer is that Darla will get another trail and be exonerated. God, intervene and intercede on Darla's behalf and let an attorney find her innocent. And not a Texas jury, Amen!

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      Heather Blaze 4 weeks ago from Jackson, MS, USA

      Hi Kezzy! Hi Polly! I am sorry to hear you were ill and hope you are feeling better.

      Kezzy: Where are Darin's footprints? Why isn't he sitting with Darlie? Remember on one of your pages (I think) I reminded you SOT is a thirsty lot. They would have LOVED to have gotten Doofus too. I was one of the first people I knew to suspect Darin because he was the only one with a monetary motive. Something prosecutors would normally just jump on! And remember Kezzy sadly that any evidence against Darin (short of a confession) will not help Darlie's appeal. SOT says it is too late to introduce new evidence, the time for that has passed. And SOT has already deemed any and all physical evidence pointing to Darin something they already investigated and discounted as what would normally be found there since he lived there. The sock. The dratted sock. It is completely clear that the sock was dropped after the murders but prior to Darlie's throat cutting. I for one was willing to discount Darlie's DNA found in the toe of the sock. I don't know how everyone else does their laundry but I always turn the sock right side out if it comes out of the wash wrong side. I thought that could be how the DNA got in the toe but the lack of much blood on the sock and the lack of blood trail TO the sock indicate it was a "red herring" designed to lead police in that direction OR she used it to throw away a weapon that the cops did not find. If it was used to hold the knife by WHOEVER, it would have been drenched in blood. Drenched.

      Kezzy, I get so confused reading your responses, haha! I still don't see where you get some of this stuff I am sorry! If the "real" murder weapons (swords to you) were in that house they would surely have found them. They checked the knives in the house and were actively looking for one of the weapons. It is unlikely they would not have checked this fanciful possibility out if they were in the house. And I STILL don't know what swords you are talking about anyway.

      Darin was an Ahole. Her family was not of the highest caliber morally. She was depressed and scared about going broke and getting dumped to care for the kids. She would not be the first distraught mother to "get back" at those who hurt her this way.

      I really would not be surprised if suddenly we just hear it announced that the governor commuted her sentence to life or whatever just because of the mess raised over her case. She won't leave jail though IMO. I don't hate Darlie at all, I was hoping to find her innocent after a restudy. I hate what she did. And if the SOT did commute her sentence think of the storm of controversy that would erupt. They would be accused of letting her live because she was a white woman from the right side of the tracks, etc.

      I really have grown fond of you Kezzy! I don't want you to be hurt when your plans to foil Darin come to naught. I suppose we will just all have to wait for the last DNA testing results, not that they are published at all anymore?

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      Pollyannalana 5 weeks ago from US

      Marie - So many of us feel that way. I hope something happens soon while she has a little life to live.

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      Marie Hawkins 5 weeks ago

      I believed from the beginning Darlee was innocent!! We have technology to prove her innocence and she should be set free. The sock is the key!!! This is the most horrific injustice I have ever witnessed. So much evidence to catch the true killer and I have always thought it was Darin. Everything points to him....he was outside when the paramedics arrived. he spoke to them...he said he was going to get a neighbor who was in medicine. he planted the sock! He was freaking out that he'd just murdered his family hoping his wife would die too. Justice in Texas is little to be desired in this case. I believe all prosecutors and judge should all have to pay restitution to Darlee and spent the remainder of their lives in prison. It wouldn't even begin to repay what darlee has lost. This is despicable. Bring in forensics and demand the evidence be tested. It's time...it's time for the truth to come out.

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      kezzy1996 5 weeks ago

      graham I never based any of my blogs on anything but Darins interviews, his own words in police statements and court documents. Darin wasn't just weird, he was right there when those boys were stabbed. The evidence proved that without any doubt. Darin got off because the lawyer they hired agreed not to implicate him in the crime. The fact that he went through great lengths to change his appearance so he wouldn't fit Darlies description of the intruder said a lot to me. I am more than convinced of his guilt. Then when I heard him describe Devons wounds as being caused by a sword and not a knife he knew more than even the doctor who did the autopsy.

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      Pollyannalana 5 weeks ago from US

      Graham - It does seem whoever does the best acting wins and I am positive so many wrongs have been done Darlie that she deserves a new trial but apparently it is just not to be. I mean 20 years! Poor Darlie.

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      Pollyannalana 5 weeks ago from US

      Tracie, can you imagine what that must do to a person yo wake each day knowing your number could be up? She deserves so much from this crooked state and their "justice"!

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      Pollyannalana 5 weeks ago from US

      Thomas - I too believe she was drugged and it explains so very much about her actions. Such a shame that hospital did not check out her burning mouth. Would be a much different story if they had.

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      Pollyannalana 5 weeks ago from US

      Junior- So true, with all her injuries whoever made them she couldn't have put that sock there which automatically brings someone else into it.

      Many families get into the same letter thing...makes no sense to me..would cause me even more trouble remembering names. ha ha

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      graham 5 weeks ago

      I have watched the programme death row stories on tv here in England and am shocked at the cases i have seen.Britsh justice is bad but good god you lot in America have a worst justice system than we do.I can not believe the pleasure some of the prosecutors have when they talk of the death penalty.

      Darlie is innocent of this crime ,you have to be blind not to see that.I hope that she and all the others who are in prison for crimes they did not commit (not only murder) get justice soon.

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      Tracielee 5 weeks ago

      100% not guilty!! Never once believed she was. Poor woman. Darin was involved no doult!! My worst fear is they're going to execute this woman I periodically stay online and see what's up with her case she deserves a new case

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      Tomas Castaneda 5 weeks ago

      It makes sense now. You guys remember when they interviewed Darin about him not hearing the kids scream and his excuse was that they lived in a very large house but didn't know about darlin because she could often wake up to her baby moving on the crib (like a real mother would) as of openinly telling them that she's a light sleeper. I think he drugged her semi knocked her out but god is great and didn't allow her to compeltely as he planned

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      Junior 5 weeks ago

      I believe it was the husband. Now that I'm reading through the comments about the cheating is crucial. But I do believe Darin had something todo with it. Socks large and bleeding running 75 yards with my throat slit sounds incredible for me. Which is why I feel the husband possibly ran and stashed the sock to move distraction from them. Unfortunately she was caught just hope when the date is given she'll say Darin was in it too. Also what's up with all the Ds? Lol

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      kezzy1996 5 weeks ago

      Ldog You are there so quick to judge Darlie. First of all they had her on many drugs. She didn't bring the silly, her sister did. She was very immature that was very well known. She acted like she had more of an obligation to put on an act, she was not celebrating because she was happy. Why aren't you asking yourself about Darins behavior. How the hell does a father bury his 5 and 6 year old children with swords in their coffin. He went on talk show describing in detail how Devon died and exactly what weapon was used, right up to it being a double edged sword. Darin is the only one that has ever mentioned Devon being killed with that exact weapon, and police didn't even bother to investitate him. Check the court records. Greg Davis confronted Darin in court about the fact that he was never investigated by Mulder or by anyone else for that matter. Darlie is not the guilty one here

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      kezzy1996 6 weeks ago

      Ldog: wow, you really have the nerve to put this on Darlie. First of all. Darin was caught out in public at a fair making out with Darlies sisters. That was seen by many people, not just a few. Darin did cheat on Darlie and he did give her a permanent STD. Why don't you get your facts straight before you come out defending Darin. He moved in with Darlies mother just to make sure he knew exactly what was going on. Darin knew exactly why the black car was there, him and Baisa set it all up. Read the transcripts Greg Davis caught Darin in all kinds of lies. The evidence points directly to Darin nobody else. She was scared to tell Darin she was pregnant with Drake. He was the one who upset about it not being a girl. Knowing what I know about Darin, thank god, they didn't have a girl

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      Pollyannalana 6 weeks ago from US

      Darlie was far from perfect and not mature for sure but I will never believe she killed her children and even more so wounded herself. That would be about the hardest thing anyone could do and near impossible. Darlie really had no defense and that is such a shame because she should not be where she is while the one to profit ended up profiting even more.

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      Ldog 6 weeks ago

      Don't believe me? Ask ANY parent who's lost a child.

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      Ldog 6 weeks ago

      As to her actions afterwards and that BS about everyone grieves differently....let me tell you. I lost my daughter and son-in-law to a car crash in 2011. I lost my son in 2015 to brain cancer. If I even heard a rumor that someone sprayed silly string on their graves, it'd be the last thing they did. It doesn't matter how old your kids are or what manner of death. What she did at their grave was disrespectful to say the least.

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      kezzy1996 6 weeks ago

      Sabrina Darlie's mother still protecting Darin. She has stood in the way of any evidence coming forward to prove Darlie didn't kill her boys. She insists on the intruder theory, when she knows there was no intruder. Its impossible to try and help Darlie when anyone who comes forward is directed at Darin, but they get stone walled because so many people are going to such great lengths to make sure the evidence against Darin stays hidden.

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      Ldog 6 weeks ago

      Was my comment overlooked?

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      Ldog 6 weeks ago

      First off, Darlie got those bruises on the backs of her arms as she stabbed those boys. I'm sure they fought and kicked violently. What about the blood spatter on the BACK of her night shirt? It was cast off from the knife. The sock down the alley? Here's what I think happened. Darlie had a history of dramatics when things weren't going her way. Check into her behavior at Darin's graduation party. She was depressed, believing Darin was messing around with her younger sister. On that night, she had laid out her wedding dress and photos in the dining room. Fact. Darin and the sister worked together all day that day. After dinner, Darin took the sister home and was gone longer than he should have been. Also fact. That's what started the argument. Darlie waited until everyone was asleep. I believe she planned to kill the children and herself to punish Darin but chickened out at the sight of her own blood. The children were sleeping, she went to the kitchen and got the first knife. She began the attack and the boys fought and kicked to no avail. She went to the kitchen sink where she cut her own throat. It was then that the plan changed. She saw her own blood and freaked out. She then tried to clean the sink, opening the cabinets below for cleaning supplies and leaving her blood on the inside of the cabinet doors. She then took the murder weapon down the alley, including the sock, tried to throw it all down the storm sewer. The knife went but the sock didn't. She runs back in time to see Damon still alive and crawling for the front door. She gets the second knife and finishes him off. Where's the second knife? I'm sure she knows. It is fact that two different knives were used. She then stages the scene to look like a struggle occurred. That's why there's blood UNDER broken glass and on top of the vacuum. She then alerts Darin and the rest is history. Except for her execution date.

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      kezzy1996 6 weeks ago

      You are right Polly, I also believe she was drugged. That explains why Darin filled in her memory loss by telling her he took her out to the porch and he handed her Drake. He knew her true condition the same way he knew exactly what type of weapon was used to kill Devon. He knew way too much and nobody ever bothered to investigate him because he put way to chaos into that scene. The second the police learned of the second fake cpr on Devon the focus should have gone onto Darin and Darin alone.

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      kezzy1996 6 weeks ago

      Heather, you cant over look the obvious here. Who was the only person who stood to gain here?

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      Darlie still hasnt come to the full realization that it was Darin in the home. If you read Darlies statement you will see that she said he walked away and she walked and followed him. That statement alone proved to me that this Darin. A stranger would have ran from that home out the closest most obvious exit, but this guy didnt. He knew there was no help coming for Darlie, and he knew exactly where her jewellery was, and where the back exit was. That alone convinced me this was no stranger. The only thing that person was afraid of was DNA transfer from Darlie or the boys. The only reason he would fear that was if he knew eventually he would be confronted by police. He couldnt risk injuries or having any evidence on him of any blood or wounds. That is my opinion. That only leaves one person. Darin Routier. A stranger would not have cared about those things. A stranger had no reason to worry about any of the those. This was an interupted crime scene. This was about collecting the 500,000 dollar life and insurance and ridding himself of a huge debt of supporting 4 people.

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      The dog was not barking because Darin locked him in one of the rooms. I believe the reason Darin fled up those stairs just as he heard Waddell pull up was to put the swords back in the room. When I heard Darin use the word sword as being the weapon on Devon, and then describing the wounds as being caused by a double edged sword. I knew Darin knew exactly what weapon was used on Devon. I believe that is the true reason he buried that weapon with his boys. It was just sick and messed up. He did it to mock everyone. That was his own private joke.

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      If you read Darlies statement and put that blood map against what she claims happened. It matches perfectly. There is no way in hell Darlie could have scripted that out. She didnt stutter. When she got on the phone, she was a direct as possible. An intruder came in and he stabbed me and my kids. She didnt stall or beat around the push. She asked and begged for help from that operator and Darin and the 911 operator completely ignored her. All she was interested in was getting the gossip. Darlie told her 35 seconds into that call he is dead, Devon is dead. In 5 minutes and 44 seconds that woman never once instructed Darlie how to get breath into her son. She never even asked about the boys. She was only concerned about the gossip. She should have lost her job, and the fact that Darin completely and delibrately ignored the living victims was all the proof I needed. The first cpr on Devon i could understand, but when he came back into that house he knew for a fact Devon was dead already for 4 minutes. He saw Damon alive moving, looking around the room begging for help. Darin stepped over that boys body to go over to his dead son Devon and do a fake cpr.

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      No she doesnt, she told the woman flat out exactly what happened. She kept telling her they are dying he is dead, they are not breathing. All that operator did was ask Darlie to calm down and tell her what happened. How many times did she have to explain to that woman? What was important in this call is listen to what Darin is saying. He is supposidly giving Devon cpr and he is only bringing up the intruder. What does the intruder look like, he took and he ran. It was Darlie focused on the intruder it was Darin. He was making sure that everyone knew and was convinced that he was not that intruder. That was so obvious to me. He never asked the officers to help his kids once. Even at the end of that 911 call. They put Ms in front of the officers response to there is nothing taken,but it wasnt Darlie doing the asking or accusing, it was Darin. Even then again he repeats they took and they ran. His son Damon was still alive Heather the whole time, but there Darin was still desperately trying to convince the officer that he was robbed. Darlie finally got mad at Darin and told him, this was not a robbery Darin, it was intentional. She had no intensions of making a theft claim only Darin did that.

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      That silly string tape is so easy to explain away. First of all she was so drugged up it wasnt funny. Second of all Darlie never matured. She met Darin when she was a child. She never had a chance to mature or grow. She was nothing but a sex toy to him. He bought her the jewellery and dressed her up like his property. She was despressed and was finally realizes that there was more to life than what she had. Her appearance at that funeral said it all. She was tired of being Darins sex toy and he couldnt deal with that. He was the one who cheated. He was the one who brought the permanant STD in that marriage. He is the one who moved on and continued to date the same woman that he cheated on Darlie with.

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      Again, a child. Her own mother introduced her to Darin when she was only 15 years old. I have a daughter who is in her late 20's I can tell you flat out there is absolutely no way I would have introduced her to my boss let alone at the age of 15. Darlie was still a child, and she never grew up. She was finally realizes that there was more to life than drugs, drinking and the party. Darins behavior spoke for itself. He was the one who drove the Jag car, bought the boat, spa and hot tub. Everything that has ever come out of his mouth has been sickening and perverted. Everything he bought for that house was to entertain his own sick perverted pleasures. That is what i saw. Darlies money went for the house and kids. Darin was the one who went out and picked out the second jewellery for Darlie. She was nothing but his property.

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      Those are not guilty eyes. Those are eyes of anger and disbelief. That is the sole reason the jury hated her. This wasnt about the evidence or over whelming proof of guilt. Greg Davis judged her on that silly string tape and his own hatred for her. The second the truth came out about Tom Bevels and Darins lies Darlie should have been granted a new trial. Her contempt for the law and the legal system was obvious, and her lawyer never bothered to coach her on how to change her appearance and attitude. He made sure he coached Darin though. Darin cut his hair and changed his appearance to he wouldnt match the description of that intruder.

      What amazes me is that you know this case and you know what has surfaced since her conviction. I dont know how or why you could judge Darlie on her appearance. To take that 911 and completely ignrore the obvious evidence against Darin shocks me. At the very least she deserves a new trial. A jury should hear all the evidence against Darin and then decide if Darlie helped Darin murder those boys, or if she was truly the victim. The only thing that was worth anything at all was the life insurance and the death of the family. That was a complete financial turn around for Darin. Darlie had nothing to gain by her own death.

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      Pollyannalana 6 weeks ago from US

      Heather - If she were or had been drugged it would explain a lot of her actions and no we have no proof except her mouth burning which no one checked out so those of us who believe she was attacked can well imagine she was also drugged.

      I have admitted before that Darlie is or was a spoiled selfish person to a degree and I know people related to me who did not react to death of their child as I would have but it does not make them a murderer and she seemed overly calm and did not even realize she was wounded. How do you explain them apples?

      There was also video at the graveyard of Darlie crying which was not thrown out for all to see and she looked very worn down and sad to me in what I saw.

      I keep thinking of what a husband (possible murderer) could do to make the actions of a silly wife who we are sure by now is on drugs of the legal sort could do to make her look guilty to save his own life. I think it would have been pretty easy to do and especially since absolutely no one suspected him...the only one with something to gain from this. No he did not get to collect the big insurance on Darlie but he came out a big star and a pretty big profit if you ask me.

      Poor Darlie...he played her for years...she probably could not even remember that far back to suspect what he may have been doing to her or saying to make her talk so stupid...why did she talk stupid so much during this time? Did she before...or since?

      Oh, and maybe Darlie did see Darin or whoever attacked her without full view and did see them walk away and just simply knew someone was there since she apparently fended off "someone".

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      Pollyannalana 6 weeks ago from US

      Sabrina-I would love to see that too, or anyone do anything!

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      Heather Blaze 6 weeks ago from Jackson, MS, USA

      I have a couple of points to ponder for the supporters and I genuinely wonder some of this:

      1. Why does Darlie continue to say there was an intruder in the house when even we agree there was not one? She says she chased someone.

      2. Why wasn't the dog barking waking Darin or Darlie during all this B&E and life taking of the home's most vulnerable members? Poms are extremely yappy little dogs.

      3. The area the attacks took place in is a small area for all of this to occur. The blood only seemed to flow around the boys, the kitchen sink and where Darlie ran back and forth in it.

      4. Listen, really LISTEN to the first few seconds of that 911 call. Oh yes she sounds frantic but she also even in the first seconds wastes time weaving the tale instead of what would normally come first before anything else. The address, the children, the ambulance, send help! Instead she is describing where they were, what happened in the first seconds of that life and death emergency phone call. That is just not how a mother's mind works when summoning help for her dying children. Then she is heard answering questions from Darin that don't sound that friendly, she sounds defensive. Why wasn't she calling for Darin from the moment she awoke?

      5. At the "Silly String Party". I know people grieve differently and being a weirdo doesn't make you a murderer, blah, blah.

      Her demeanor is just all wrong. Smiling, batting her eyelashes while making that cringe worthy speech to the reporter about what the boys "would want". She just doesn't seem..sad. Darin is looking at the ground. He looks sheepish, embarrassed, a little sick and..sad. Yes he looks like he is grieving. There is no pill on this earth to eliminate that awful feeling.

      6. Look at her eyes. At the most recent prison photo. Those are guilty eyes. Those are "oh crap, the jig is up stick a fork in it" eyes. She just doesn't have the energy to even pretend anymore. And although I don't have it in me to feel angry at her mother, I am sure she knows it too. She would be capable of supporting her daughter with that knowledge. She is a mother too and her daughter needs her. And that daughter is one appeal and a DNA test result away from an execution date.

      This is what my letter to Darlie would say:

      Dear Darlie, it is time to stop fighting what happened that night. It happened and much time has passed without you accepting responsibility for it. You are a different person now and much changed and matured. The person you are today must make peace with the young woman you once were. You know the Lord will forgive you but you must also make amends to those you have hurt on this earth by telling them the truth, asking their forgiveness and preparing yourself and your family for the inevitable. It is time Darlie. No good can come from this as long as you make it about yourself. This is not about you. It is about Damon and Devon. Do right by them Darlie. Make them proud of you.

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      Sabrina 6 weeks ago

      I wish the creators of "Making a murderer" would do a documentary of this case. Maybe then this innocent woman would be set free.

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