DARLIE ROUTIER TALKS OF NEW HOPE FROM DEATH ROW

By DAVID SCHECHTER / WFAA-TV June 18, 2008 10:57pm CDT
WFAA-TV Darlie Routier talked exclusively to News 8 about her new DNA testing hopes. EXCLUSIVE: A Rowlett mother placed on death row for the murder of her two 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's night shirt and a tube sock found in the alley are among the items that have been cleared for testing. In an original test on the blood-stained tube sock, blood was determined to be from the boys. A third stain on the sock yielded no results. Routier said she hopes the DNA tests will find another source of blood, other than her's or her two sons'. But Routier will not be allowed to test a bloody palm print that was found on the coffee table, or the blood stains on the butcher knife investigators have said was the murder weapon. Routier was convicted more than ten 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 1995, 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 it." The judge denied a request to a bloody fingerprint that could not be linked to anyone during original testing. Routier said there are two such fingerprints. "To me, when you have two bloody finger prints that are found at a crime scene that don't belong to anybody that worked on the crime scene and don't belong to anybody that lived in the home, it pretty much tells you that somebody else was in the home that committed that crime," Routier said. "And for me, why am I still here?" 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. E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com