Mother-In-Law Believes In Routier's Innocence - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/08

Mother-In-Law Believes In Routier's Innocence

Family members of Darlie Routier say they have new hope, now that the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals has granted new DNA testing.  A jury sentenced the Monterey High School graduate to die for the stabbing death of her 5-year-old son.  Routier is also accused of stabbing and killing her six-year-old, but was never tried for his death.

For the past 12-years, she has maintained her innocence while sitting on death row. Routier's mother-in-law, who lives in Lubbock, says the new DNS tests will confirm what she's believed all along.  Sarilda Routier says she's never doubted her daughter-in-law's innocence. She believes these tests can set Darlie free, but prosecutors disagree.

"They didn't prove it the first time. They certainly won't this time," Sarilda Routier said. 

She calls her daughter-in-law, Darlie a hero. She told Darlie that herself during their last visit.

"I said, I think I may have held my breath until I died, and she said you know that's exactly what they wanted me to do," Sarilda said. 

She tells NewsChannel 11 that even now, 12-years later, there are still days she feels like she just lost her two grandsons.

"The boys, sometimes it's so fresh, just like it happened yesterday," Sarilda said. 

A jury convicted Darlie Routier of stabbing her five-year-old son Damon to death. She's also accused of killing Damon's six-year-old brother Devon.  Darlie says an intruder broke into their home, killed her sons, and stabbed her.

Prosecutors disagree. They say Darlie killed her children, injured herself, and staged the crime scene to look like someone broke in.

"The bottom line is whatever testing is done, the result is not going to exonerate her; I don't even think it's going to show a 3rd intruder," ex-prosecutor Toby Shook said. 

Darlie looks different today, but her argument remains the same. She told WFAA-TV in Dallas that evidence proving someone else invaded their home is there, it's just a matter of taking a closer look.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted DNA testing on a blood soaked nightshirt, a blood stained tube sock found in the alley behind Darlie's home, and on dried blood flakes found inside the house.

"I am as positive today as I was then," Sarilda said. 

She says she doesn't need proof to know her daughter-in-law is innocent. She just hopes these new tests will convince others.

"I have, everyday, people tell me that we're praying for you Ms. Routier.  I appreciate that, and I want them to continue. We have hope now, that maybe something good will come up," Sarilda said. 

The DNA tests are expected to take some time to complete. NewsChannel 11 keep you up to date on the latest developments.

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