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5/21/03

Texas Appeals Court Upholds Routier Conviction

Texas' highest criminal court Wednesday upheld the capital murder conviction of Darlie Routier in the slaying of one of her sons.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in the suburban Dallas homemaker's appeal of her death sentence for the stabbing death of 5-year-old son, Damon.  News that couldn't have been worse for Darlie's mother-in-law Sarilda, who lives in Lubbock.  "Every Wednesday, the Criminal Court of Appeals hands down their answers for everyone all over the state of Texas, and this morning unfortunately we got the bad answer." said Darlie's mother-in-law

6-year-old son Devon also died in the June 1996 attack at the family's Rowlett home. Routier's attorneys sought to overturn the conviction, contending the record of her 1997 trial was plagued with inaccuracies and prevented the raising of important legal questions.

Wednesday's unanimous, 75-page opinion rejected those arguments. Routier contends that an intruder killed the two boys. An infant son in another room was not injured.

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