Featured Case: Darlie Routier

Featured Case: Darlie Routier

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Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death in Texas for the 1996 stabbing death of her 5-year-old son Damon. Darlie’s 6-year-old son Devon was also murdered during the attack, but prosecutors chose to withhold charges for Devon’s murder in case Darlie was acquitted, as there is no statute of limitations for murder in Texas. Evidence shows that Devon and Damon were murdered by an intruder. Darlie Routier is innocent.

Injustice Anywhere added Darlie’s case to our featured case list in April 2014. Darlie currently has a dedicated group of supporters (linked on this page) that we are happy to join forces with. The wrongful conviction of Darlie Routier  must not stand. We will be updating this section in the near future.

Websites Supporting Darlie Routier

ForDarlieRoutier.org

Darlie Routier’s family has done extensive research on her case and continues to work diligently to provide a wealth of information including court documents and news reports

DarlieFacts.com

This website is operated by supporters of Darlie Routier. The site is an excellent resource for the case, providing case files, media reports, videos, photos, case summary, and a timeline of events.

Support Darlie Routier on Facebook

Free Darlie Routier Facebook Group

Indiana State University For Darlie Routier

Friends and supporters of Darlie L Routier

Stop the Execution of Darlie Routier!

qqVbAnRUOCjYKLK-556x313-noPadLike the case of David Camm who was finally exonerated after serving 13 years in prison, Darlie Routier was accused and convicted of the brutal murders of her two precious children–based solely on controversial forensic evidence known as bloodstain pattern analysis. Stop the Execution of Darlie Routier! Release this innocent crime-victim.

Doubt in the Darlie Routier case: The timeline

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  • ImOpining

    She’s guilty as sin. Let her rot.

  • Larry Saltzman

    I am concerned that this case is a gross miscarriage of justice. The evidence is extremely thin and not enough to have gotten her convicted let alone the death penalty. This site showcases others who were equally innocent and finally exonerated like Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Debra Milke. Recent revelation by the FBI show that many false convictions occur including in death penalty cases.

  • ImOpining

    I’ve studied this case from the minute Darlie stabbed Damon & Devon. There was no intruder. Zero evidence of an intruder. Her supporters spread out right lies. She wrote letters from jail saying she saw who it was and all would come out. Nothing all these years later. The only fingerprint found was smudged and Darlie was not ruled out. She failed her poly and changed her story so many times to fit the evidence. The crime scene was overly staged. She’s guilty.

  • toby3494

    Dear Larry,

    I have been studying this case for many months now and completely disagree with your assessment. Can you state specifically what makes you think she is innocent, not just broad general statements? I am just curious.

  • raynjuls

    The evidence of her guilt is overwhelming. From her 911 call to her subsequent behavior, everything points to her. They claim there may be 1 unidentifiable print in the entire bloodbath surrounding her children. These sites buy in to the misrepresentations from her family and misguided supporters. Research the case thoroughly and you will have no pity for this vicious narcissistic woman.

  • Immadiyah

    Larry, how did you come up with the assertion that the evidence is extremely thin? Let me list some of the physical evidence against her:

    1. No trace of intruder in the house or around the compound outside the house.

    2. The slashed window screen was staged because the cut remained the way it was without sign of intruder forcing through the window let alone a 6’2″ 200 lb man.

    3. There was an animal cage sitting right next to the window plus other stuffs stacking up in the garage but nothing was displaced or disturbed.

    4. The dust on the window sill was undisturbed. The mulch near it by the walkway that leads to the gate likewise was undisturbed.

    5. No forensic evidence of intruder on the gate despite the fact that the intruder had either to climb over it or open it (which was hard to swing open because it dragged on the concrete floor).

    6. The motion flood light at the backyard was not on despite the fact that the first officer arrived at the crime scene within 3 minute to five minutes of the 911 call and the motion light was supposed to stay on for 15 minutes.

    7. A bread knife from the knife block in the kitchen was used to cut the window screen (evidence found wedged within the knife blade were fiberglass rod and rubber debris matching that of the window screen).

    Does it make sense to you that an intruder somehow got into the house and then went outside to stage an entry of cut window screen and then return the bread knife into its proper place in the kitchen knife block where an array of expensive jeweleries and Darlie’s purse were sitting in plain view and not taken?

    8. A bigger knife was removed from the same kitchen knife block to stab the two boys and cut Darlie in the neck/shoulder and arm regions.

    9. The modus operandi the intruder used was different for the two small boys vs an adult Darlie. The boys received multiple deep stab wounds while the adult Darlie only received superficial hesitating cut wounds to the neck/shoulder and forearm.

    10. According to Darlie, the intruder bumped against the wine rack causing a wine glass to fall off and break into pieces on the kitchen floor when he was leaving the house with Darlie purportedly chasing or walking behind, depending on which version of Darlie’s story you choose to believe but yet her blood was found underneath the broken wine glasses and she suffered no cut on the sole of her feet.

    11. She said the intruder dropped the bloody knife on the kitchen floor but forensic evidence disprove that. Instead, the forensic showed the bloody knife was placed there.

    12. There were cast off blood drops from Damon and Devon found on the back portion of right shoulder of Darlie’s night shirt she wore that night that is consistent with her having the bloody knife in her right hand while swing through the stabbing motion.

    13. There was evidence of kitchen sink cleanup because Darlie’s blood was found on the side of the kitchen sink and the front of the cabinet door under the sink. Luminol also exposes Darlie’s footprint wiped off the floor near the kitchen. Darlie claimed she was attacked while asleep on the couch in the family room. How did so much of her blood were found near the sink? Now, would the intruder clean up after himself after he finished murdering the two boys and cutting Darlie? In all versions of Darlie’s accounts, the intruder simply went straight from the family room through the kitchen and into the utility room to get to the garage. Nowhere did she mentioned the intruder went to the sink to do some clean up. Also, the boys bloods were found in the U-trap of the sink pipe.

    14. Darlie’s blood was also found in the utility room but she claimed she stopped short of going into the utility room when she followed the intruder.

    15. The blood drops all belonging to Darlie on the kitchen floor and her bloody foot prints showed that she was walking and not running or chasing after someone. Thus, she changed her story to fit the evidence to where she then say she walked behind the intruder as he was heading out.

    16. The bloody knife print found on the family room carpet floor showed that the bloody knife was laid down on the carpet floor at one time and the copious amount of blood pulling at the tip of the knife showed that the attacker had a bleeding wound on the forearm that held the knife. Darlie had a cut to her right forearm and the blood in the bloody knife print belongs to Darlie and Damon.

    The above are just some of the physical evidence against Darlie. Then you have the 911 recording that showed Darlie was more interested to build a case against a phantom intruder that saving her sons’ lives. Not to mention her demeanor that night in the house while the Devon laid dead and Damon was fighting for his life. Her demeanor in the ambulance and at the hospital was also troublesome to say the least. And why would an intruder take out two defenseless small children first and left alive an adult with superficial wounds and who could later identify him?

  • Jannie

    I think Larry seems to decide who’s innocent based on what they look like, which appears to be the MO of this website judging by the cases they decide are worthy of the cause.

    Great list btw, it appears the investigators did a good job to document the crime scene.

  • Bobby Zimalis

    1 – just listened to the 911 call .. not sure what you mean?.. she sounded panicked & horrified (https://soundcloud.com/darlie-facts/911-call-defense-exhibit-9#t=0:00)
    2 – If she wanted to kill her kids, why would she leave one still alive & then call the cops?
    3 – Her injuries were very consistent w/ being in a physical confrontation w/ someone w/ a knife

    Not claiming that I know what happened that night (I wasn’t there) .. definitely need to do more research BUT I know one thing: claiming someone is guilty because of their ‘behavior’ is dumb – we all react differently to things.

  • raynjuls

    By “behavior” I meant her actions observed by paramedics at the scene. It has been characterized as very self involved and uncaring towards her dying child.
    Try looking at the analysis of 911 call, something you won’t find on the Darlie Facts site.
    Her wounds were demonstrably different than those of the boys, with indications of hesitation. They are not particularly consistent with an attack.

  • Sondra Benson

    Why pick up the knife? Called 911 before she screamed for her husband?

  • “Judging by the cases they decide worthy of the cause” by what people look like? Are you serious? Why don’t you take a look at the cases first before you make a horrific random statement like that? These cases, the featured ones, are all picked and pulled and torn apart and the truth comes to light.

    Here’s an example for you, and please be reminded that some of those photos are old, taken before the person went to prison. In Jeff Havard’s case the photo is his prom picture. He turned 37 on death row this month for a crime that never even took place.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/08/20/pathologist-miss-death-row-inmate-wrongly-convicted/14372529/

  • Jannie

    Thanks for linking a newspaper article that probably has as big a slant as this website.
    I stand by my comments, judging by the way they’ve ignored literally ALL of the incriminating evidence in the Amanda Knox case and the dishonest arguments they use to rationalize the murder of another innocent. No, this site isn’t interested in the truth at all I’m afraid, it’s more interested in defending people whom they identify with on a superficial level.
    Instead of telling me to read the other cases of this obviously crank website, why don’t you address the excellent list that Immadiyah posted on THIS case? They’ve presented a very persuasive argument as to why Darlie Routier was found guilty originally, using, you know, logical points and actual facts.

  • Jannie

    In case you didn’t see it here’s some of the physical evidence against Darlie Routier:

    1. No trace of intruder in the house or around the compound outside the house.

    2. The slashed window screen was staged because the cut remained the way it was without sign of intruder forcing through the window let alone a 6’2″ 200 lb man.

    3. There was an animal cage sitting right next to the window plus other stuffs stacking up in the garage but nothing was displaced or disturbed.

    4. The dust on the window sill was undisturbed. The mulch near it by the walkway that leads to the gate likewise was undisturbed.

    5. No forensic evidence of intruder on the gate despite the fact that the intruder had either to climb over it or open it (which was hard to swing open because it dragged on the concrete floor).

    6. The motion flood light at the backyard was not on despite the fact that the first officer arrived at the crime scene within 3 minute to five minutes of the 911 call and the motion light was supposed to stay on for 15 minutes.

    7. A bread knife from the knife block in the kitchen was used to cut the window screen (evidence found wedged within the knife blade were fiberglass rod and rubber debris matching that of the window screen).

    Does it make sense to you that an intruder somehow got into the house and then went outside to stage an entry of cut window screen and then return the bread knife into its proper place in the kitchen knife block where an array of expensive jeweleries and Darlie’s purse were sitting in plain view and not taken?

    8. A bigger knife was removed from the same kitchen knife block to stab the two boys and cut Darlie in the neck/shoulder and arm regions.

    9. The modus operandi the intruder used was different for the two small boys vs an adult Darlie. The boys received multiple deep stab wounds while the adult Darlie only received superficial hesitating cut wounds to the neck/shoulder and forearm.

    10. According to Darlie, the intruder bumped against the wine rack causing a wine glass to fall off and break into pieces on the kitchen floor when he was leaving the house with Darlie purportedly chasing or walking behind, depending on which version of Darlie’s story you choose to believe but yet her blood was found underneath the broken wine glasses and she suffered no cut on the sole of her feet.

    11. She said the intruder dropped the bloody knife on the kitchen floor but forensic evidence disprove that. Instead, the forensic showed the bloody knife was placed there.

    12. There were cast off blood drops from Damon and Devon found on the back portion of right shoulder of Darlie’s night shirt she wore that night that is consistent with her having the bloody knife in her right hand while swing through the stabbing motion.

    13. There was evidence of kitchen sink cleanup because Darlie’s blood was found on the side of the kitchen sink and the front of the cabinet door under the sink. Luminol also exposes Darlie’s footprint wiped off the floor near the kitchen. Darlie claimed she was attacked while asleep on the couch in the family room. How did so much of her blood were found near the sink? Now, would the intruder clean up after himself after he finished murdering the two boys and cutting Darlie? In all versions of Darlie’s accounts, the intruder simply went straight from the family room through the kitchen and into the utility room to get to the garage. Nowhere did she mentioned the intruder went to the sink to do some clean up. Also, the boys bloods were found in the U-trap of the sink pipe.

    14. Darlie’s blood was also found in the utility room but she claimed she stopped short of going into the utility room when she followed the intruder.

    15. The blood drops all belonging to Darlie on the kitchen floor and her bloody foot prints showed that she was walking and not running or chasing after someone. Thus, she changed her story to fit the evidence to where she then say she walked behind the intruder as he was heading out.

    16. The bloody knife print found on the family room carpet floor showed that the bloody knife was laid down on the carpet floor at one time and the copious amount of blood pulling at the tip of the knife showed that the attacker had a bleeding wound on the forearm that held the knife. Darlie had a cut to her right forearm and the blood in the bloody knife print belongs to Darlie and Damon.

    The above are just some of the physical evidence against Darlie. Then you have the 911 recording that showed Darlie was more interested to build a case against a phantom intruder that saving her sons’ lives. Not to mention her demeanor that night in the house while the Devon laid dead and Damon was fighting for his life. Her demeanor in the ambulance and at the hospital was also troublesome to say the least. And why would an intruder take out two defenseless small children first and left alive an adult with superficial wounds and who could later identify him?

  • Oh, did I say I thought Darlie Routier was innocent? I don’t believe I said a single word about Darlie Routier. In fact, I am positive I didn’t. Maybe you can point out to me where you saw that, and then tell me why I should be required to address my opinion of one case, when your comment encompassed all?

    The only case I mentioned specifically was Jeff Havard’s.

    It is not a prerequisite of Injustice Anywhere that every member believe every featured case is a case of wrongful conviction.

    I referred only to your proclamation that you think that the “MO” for advocating innocence of the entirety of the members of this group was appearance. How ridiculous.

    It was completely unecessary for you to rewrite a comment that was made by another person verbatim right above yours.

    Amanda Knox was not, is not, and will never be guilty of the murder of Meredith Kertcher. Where is “ALL” of that incriminating evidence?

    You don’t know a thing about Jeff Havard, Jaime Snow, or any of the other cases that are featured on Injustice Anywhere, and in not knowing, your calling it a “crank” website is shortsighted and uninformed.

    I don’t believe you are in a position to “judge” this organization or anything else.

    As to my linking a “slanted” article to you, you have no idea about the author of the series of articles on the wrongful conviction and death sentence of Jeff Havard, do you? Kindly educate yourself because you didn’t do your homework before you put your fingers to the keyboard with your nonsensical comments or I would not have addressed you in the first place.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-10-21/community/orl-ucf-journalist-speaks-jerry-mitchell_1_ucf-students-investigative-reporter-conviction

  • Yeah, just as I thought.You can’t walk the talk.

  • IMHO

    Look up the DNA from June 2015. Proves there was no intruder. Darlie is as guilty as they get.

  • Bernard Phillips

    Absence of DNA doesn’t prove no intruder. Sorry, that is not even close to being logical.

  • Vikki Moyer

    She killed her kids. End of story. Execute her already!