Supporters, friends, and family of Darlie:
I have received an update from Darlie's attorneys and I want to share some of the details. The testing on the five items approved through Texas is complete. This particular testing (though there is more to do at the state and federal levels) has been complete since the middle of December, but we have yet to get the report. I do not know why this delay has occurred, but my understanding is that the prosecution receives the report first.
I have been told that Darlie’s attorneys are preparing a second motion for more testing. Again, this is dependent on the State's approval, but we would all like to see the fingerprint, entire sock, limb hair on sock, and boot print in blood left on the carpet tested. Anything approved by Texas will be paid for by Texas. The attorneys are not expecting much help on the five items tested because of the limitations the state put on the testing and what they chose to allow. Testing at the federal level, however, is not paid for by the state and her defense will need to come up with this money unless an organization steps up to assist in paying for it.
This brings me to my reason for writing this letter. The funds for Darlie's investigation and testing at the federal level are very low. There is a chance we could lose the law firm who has provided pro bono work on Darlie's case for the past 8 years or more because there are not sufficient funds to pay for experts or upcoming testing. The defense fund previously had a balance of $8,900, but the attorneys had to pay a number of expenses. For example, the money helped the defense to pay for DNA expert, Elizabeth Johnson. The funds allowed for her to be here for last March's hearing and the fund also provided a small amount of funding for a new investigator from Michigan. Finally, some of the money was paid to Richard Reyna to do additional investigation work.
We have been advised by Darlie’s attorneys that we need to raise funds for the following costs: DNA testing not covered at the federal level, experts who may examine the case currently and who may also provide testimony in the event of a retrial, and investigators.
I am asking you to help save my daughter's life. We are in the process of setting up a paypal account to make it easier for people to make donations; however, I do not have a date when this will be complete. You may send donations to the address below, which is the address of one of the attorneys handling Darlie’s defense funds. If you know of anyone or any organizations that would be willing to assist in this matter please pass the information along to them as well. If you donated even a small amount each month, such as $20-$40, it would go a long way in helping me to prove she has been wrongfully convicted and to keep the state of Texas from executing her because she cannot come up with the costs associated with proving her innocence.
Donations should be mailed to the following address:
Attention Lauren Schmidt
Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP
LLP 410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
Denver, Colorado 80202
Please be sure to write "For Darlie Routier" at the bottom of your check or it will be returned.
You may find more information on Darlie’s websites:
Thank you for reading my request. Please pass this along to anyone you feel might be interested in helping us. Your support means everything to me, Darlie, and others who have long believed in her innocence. God bless you for caring enough to help to save an innocent woman’s life.
Darlie Routier’s mother