Transcript of testimony is focus of Routier appeal
Fort Worth Star Telegram November 14, 1998
Dallas -- The troublesome transcript of the Darlie Routier capital murder
trial, which almost landed a court reporter in jail, was the subject of
more controversy in an appeal hearing yesterday.
Three court reporters testified that they found discrepancies in the
Routier transcript, which was prepared by court reporter Sandra M. Halsey.
In asking for the hearing, Routier's appellate attorneys argued that there
were problems with the transcript. Until those problems were fixed, the
appeal was unable to move forward, attorneys said.
Routier, 28, is on Death Row for the June 1996 killing of her son Damon in
the family's Rowlett home. Her 6-year-old son Devon also died in the
attack, which she claims was the work of an intruder.
During Routier's trial, jurors asked for a portion of testimony from her
husband, Darin Routier, to be transcribed. Defense attorney Stephen Cooper
said when the entire record was transcribed again after the trial, the
testimony was slightly different.