The Darlie Routier Case

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    This site seeks to provide information about the case of Darlie Routier. Darlie is on death row in Texas for a crime she has steadfastly maintained she did not commit.

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Complete List of Names

FAMILY

Darlie Routier

Darlie has been in prison since she was arrested and charged for the murders of her sons, Devon and Damon, on June 18, 1996. She was convicted of the murder of Damon on February 4, 1997 and has resided on death row in Gatesville, Texas, since that time. Her case is currently in the appeals process. She testified at trial on January 29, 1997.

Darin Routier

Darlie’s husband, who was seen as a potential suspect in the murders by Darlie’s court appointed attorney Douglas Parks. Parks’ replacement, Doug Mulder, curiously chose not to pursue Darin. He stood by Darlie for many years before shying away from the media upon divorcing her in 2011. He testified at trial.

Devon Routier

The eldest of Darlie and Darin’s three sons who was murdered on June 6, 1996 at the Routier home.

Damon Routier

The second eldest of Darlie and Darin’s three sons who was murdered on June 6, 1996 at the Routier home.

Drake Routier

The youngest of Darlie and Darin’s three sons. Drake was a baby at the time of the murders.

Sarilda Routier

Mother of Darin. Testified at trial for the defense.

Arenda Routier

Darin’s sister. Did not testify at trial.

Deon Routier

Darin’s Brother. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Dana Routier

Darin’s sister in law and wife of Deon. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Darlie Kee

Mother of Darlie. Testified at trial only during the punishment phase. In 2002, she provided an affidavit for Darlie’s appeal that described the reasons behind hiring Doug Mulder to replace court appointed attorneys Parks and Huff.

Robbie Kee

Darlie Kee’s husband. Did not testify at trial. He provided an affidavit to Darlie’s defense in 2002, stating that Darin told him before the murders that he was looking for someone to help him stage a robbery as an insurance scam.

Sherry Moses

Sister of Darlie Kee and aunt of Darlie Lynn. Testified at trial for the defense.

LuAnn Black

Sister of Darlie Kee and aunt of Darlie Lynn. Testified at trial for the defense.

Amanda Gray

School teacher and cousin of Darin. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

NEIGHBORS

Karen Neal

A nurse and friend who lived across the road from the Routier’s. She attended the crime scene the morning of the 6th after Darin came banging on their door. Testified at trial for the defense.

Rebecca Neal

Daughter of Karen Neal. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Nelda Watts

Former school teacher who lived at 5802 Eagle Drive. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Gustavo Guzman Jr.

18 year old who lived at 5706 Willowbrook. Garden tools and kitchen knives, deemed by police as unrelated to the crime, were found in his backyard by police on the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

William Gorsuch

Lived at 8401 Eagle Drive. Testified at trial for the State.

JUDGES

Mark Tolle

Judge of the Criminal District Court No. 3, of Dallas County, Texas. He presided over Darlie’s trial.

Owen Lokken

Municipal court judge who arraigned Darlie on June 19, 1996. He set her bail at $500,000.

Sid Harle

Presided over court reporter Sandra Halsey’s disciplinary hearing which commenced on June 5, 1999.

Robert Francis

Presided over the hearings regarding the inaccurate trial transcripts made by court reporter Sandra Halsey.

PROSECUTION ATTORNEYS

John Vance

Criminal District Attorney Dallas County, Texas. Chose not to try Darlie for the murder of Devon after she was convicted that of Damon.

Greg Davis

Assistant District Attorney Dallas County, Texas. Lead attorney at trial.

Toby Shook

Assistant District Attorney Dallas County, Texas. Assistant to Davis.

Sherri Wallace

Assistant District Attorney Dallas County, Texas. Assistant to Davis.

John Grau

Assistant District Attorney Dallas County, Texas. Assistant to Davis.

DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

Douglas D. Mulder

Replaced Parks as lead Defense Attorney for Darlie on October 21, 1996. He also represented Darin and Darlie Kee at a pre-trial gag order hearing.

Richard Mosty

Assistant to Mulder at trial.

Curtis Glover

Assistant to Mulder at trial.

S. Preston Douglass Jr.

Assistant to Mulder at trial.

Douglas Parks

Court appointed attorney who was replaced by Mulder on October 21, 1996. Parks provided an affidavit to Darlie’s appeals attorneys stating that he communicated his belief Darin was involved in the murders

Wayne Huff

Court appointed attorney who was dismissed at the time Parks was replaced.

John Hagler

Attorney who appeared for the purpose of Darlie’s appeal.

STATE APPEALS ATTORNEYS

Bill Hill                                                                 

Criminal District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas. Counsel for the State at court reporter Sandra Halsey’s disciplinary hearing.

John Clark Long IV

Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas. Counsel for the State at court reporter Sandra Halsey’s disciplinary hearing.

John Rolater, Jr.

Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas. Appeared for the State in the appeals process.

Libby Lange

Assistant District Attorney Deputy Chief, Appellate Division. Appeared for the State in the appeals process.

Lindsey Roberts

Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas. Appeared for the State in the appeals process.

DEFENSE APPEALS ATTORNEYS

J. Stephen Cooper

Attorney at Law, Dallas, Texas. Has handled Darlie’s appeals process.

Stephen Losch

Michael F. Flanagan, Pro Hac Vice

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application For Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

Daniel Cantu

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application For Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

Rey Rodriguez

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application for Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

Richard Smith

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application for Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

Richard Burr

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application For Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

Lauren Schmidt

Counsel for Darlie during hearing for her first application For Post-Conviction Writ Of Habeas Corpus.

OTHER ATTORNEYS

Albert Patillo III

Attorney at Law who made one appearance during the trial to represent Detective Jimmy Patterson.

Steven Pickell

Attorney at Law who made one appearance during the trial to represent Officer Chris Frosch.

John Weddle

Attorney at Law who appeared for Chief Bob Knowles at a pre-trial hearing.

Frank J. Knapp

Assistant Attorney General, Administrative Law Division, Dallas County.

INVESTIGATORS

Lloyd Harrell

Private investigator from Dallas, who appeared for Darlie at trial. Testified for the defense.

James Cron

A retired “crime scene analyst” who was to claim on the morning of June 6th, 1996, that the scene in the Routier home had been staged and the perpetrator was someone from within the home. Testified at trial for the State.

William Parker

Private detective from Dallas who testified about his meeting with Darlie at the Rowlett PD on June 18, 1996.

Richard Reyna

Investigator who worked for the defense. In his affidavit from May of 2002, he told of how Darin had considered having the Routier home burglarized for insurance purposes just several days prior to the murders.

ROWLETT PD

Dean Poos

Public information officer, communications and record supervisor and computer system administrator. Testified at trial for the State.

Jimmy Patterson

Lead detective in the case who would plead the Fifth Amendment during his testimony at trial when called by the defense.

Chris Frosch

Refused to testify at trial on the grounds that it may incriminate him. Pleaded the Fifth.

David Waddell

A patrolman who was the first officer on the scene. Testified at trial for the State.

James Walling

A Lieutenant and the second officer on the scene. Testified at trial for the State.

Steve Wade

Patrolman who stood watch at the front door of the Routier home on the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Thomas Ward

Sergeant and peace officer who searched the area around the Routier home on the morning of June 6th. The officer who found the sock in alley at the rear of the house. Testified at trial for the State.

Steve Ferrie

Searched the area around the Routier home on the morning of June 6th. Was with Sergeant Ward when sock was found in alley at rear of house. Testified at trial for the State.

David Mayne

Crime scene photographer and manager of evidence section. Testified at trial for the State.

Charles Hamilton

Patrolman and crime scene officer. Processed the Routier home for fingerprints on the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

COURT REPORTERS

Sandra Halsey

Court reporter who was decertified by the State Board for her inaccurate recording of proceedings at Darlie’s trial.

Suzy Crowley

Halsey’s daughter and a transcription scopist who used tapes of the guilt and punishment phases of the trial to make permanent changes to the English translation of the original proceedings on the disks

Tommy Mullins, Judy Miller, and Jerry Calloway

Certified court reporters that the court appointed on November 4, 1998, to conduct a review and to compare notes and disks to Halsey’s record. They were to determine whether Halsey’s report could be certified.

Susan Simmons

Certified the amended trial record. In her July, 2002, affidavit she claimed that trial court reporter Sandra Halsey was aware that the record she signed was inaccurate and mistake ridden.

MEDICAL EXAMINERS

Joni McClain

Medical Examiner with Dallas County who performed the autopsy on Devon. Testified at trial.

Dr. Janis Townsend-Parchman

Medical Examiner with Dallas County who performed the autopsy on Damon. Testified at trial.

EXPERTS

Kathryn Long

Forensic serologist at the Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas. Examined crime scene on June 6th with Charles Linch and tested for traces of blood. Testified at trial for the State.

Charles Linch

Trace evidence analyst at the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Examined crime scene on June 6th with Kathryn Long and tested for traces of blood and other evidence. Testified at trial for the State.

Routier trial expert cast doubts on own abilities

Judith Floyd

Forensic laboratory supervisor at Gene Screen in Dallas. Testified at trial for the State.

Robert Poole

Firearm and tool mark examiner at the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Testified at trial for the State.

Carolyn Van Winkle

Forensic DNA analyst at the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Testified at trial for the State.

Tom Bevel

Alleged bloodstain pattern analyst. Testified at trial for the State.

Alan Brantley

Supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Testified at trial for the State.

Dr. Vincent J.M. DiMaio

Renowned gunshot wound expert and board-certified anatomical, clinical and forensic pathologist. Testified for the defense.

Dr Lisa Clayton

Physician and forensic psychologist who testified for the defense.

Dr. Richard Coons

Physician and forensic psychiatrist who testified at trial.

OTHER OPINIONS

Dr. J. Douglas Crowder

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas. In his affidavit of July 11, 2002, spoke of how a psychiatric consultant to the prosecution had confided in him that Darlie would pose no future danger in prison.

Samuel Palenik

President and Senior Research Microscopist at Microtrace. In his affidavit of July 11, 2002, stated that fibers found on the bread knife the prosecution claimed were from the cut flyscreen in garage, may have originated from the brushes investigators used to dust for fingerprints.

Terry Laber

Forensic consultant with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In his affidavit of July 11, 2002, stated that he had advised Doug Mulder that further testing of evidence was imperative. He also expressed doubt as to the prosecution’s belief that the crime scene was staged.

Robert Lohnes

Lohnes was a latent print consultant obtained by ABC News to examine the bloody fingerprint known as 85-J. He concluded in his January, 2003, affidavit that Darlie was not the source of the print.

Richard Jantz

Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. In his affidavit of July, 2003, he concluded that the bloody fingerprint (85-J) did not match those of Devon or Damon and was more likely that of an adult. Further analysis can be found here.

Patrick Wertheim

Criminalist whose affidavit for the prosecution countered the opinion given by Richard Jantz. In a second affidavit he provided in 2003, his conclusions differed from those of Robert Lohnes.

PARAMEDICS & FIRE DEPT.

Jack Kolbye

Paramedic/fire fighter, who along with Brian Koschak, was in the first ambulance to arrive at the scene. Testified at trial for the State.

Brian Koschak

Paramedic, who along with Jack Kolbye, was in the first ambulance to arrive at the scene. Testified at trial for the State.

Larry Byford

Paramedic/fire fighter, who along with Eric Zimmerman, was in the second ambulance to arrive at the scene. Testified at trial for the State.

Eric Zimmerman

Paramedic/fire fighter, who along with Larry Byford, was in the second ambulance to arrive at the scene. Did not testify at trial.

BAYLOR HOSPITAL STAFF

Dr. Alejandro Santos

Operated on Darlie’s wounds on the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Dr. Patrick Dillawn

Tended to Damon upon his arrival at the hospital. Testified at trial for the State.

Jodie Fitts

Registered nurse on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Christopher Wielgosz

ICU nurse on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Phyllis Jackson

Corporal with Baylor Hospital System police department. Testified at trial for the State.

Jody Cotner

Trauma coordinator on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Dianne Hollon

ICU nurse on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Paige Campbell

ICU neurosurgical trauma nurse on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Denise Faulk

ICU neurosurgical trauma nurse on duty the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

OTHER WITNESSES

Barry Dickey

Owner of Graffiti Productions in Dallas who analysed and processed the recording of the 911call made by Darlie to the Rowlett PD on the morning of June 6th. Testified at trial for the State.

Okie Williams

Employee of Bank One in Rowlett. Testified at trial that Darin applied for a loan on June 1st and it was declined.

Halina Czaban

A Polish native and mother of Barbara Jovell. Did laundry and some cleaning at the Routier home on June 4 and 5. Testified at trial as to Darlie’s demeanor on those days.

Barbara Jovell

Friend of Darlie’s and daughter of Halina Czaban. Testified at trial that Darlie was attempting to commit suicide in May of 1996.

David Rogers

Pastor of Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship Church in Mesquite, Texas. Officiated at the burial service for Devon and Damon. Testified at trial for the defense.

Dana Godfrey

Friend of Darlie’s who testified at trial for the defense.

Cara Byford

Friend of Darlie’s who testified at trial for the defense.

Julie Clark

Friend of Darlie’s who met her through her husband, Steve, who was a friend of Darin’s. Testified at trial for the defense.

Angelia Rickels

Lived in Miami Drive, about a half mile from the Routier home. Testified at trial about unknown persons trying to gain access to her home. Also reported having seen a strange black car in the area.

Allison Hennessey

Met Darlie through mutual friend, Renee Stanley, in 1994. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Eileen Schirmer

Had an electronics business with her husband and met the Routier’s in 1993. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Kay Norris

Met the Routier’s on numerous occasion during her time as an employee of American Pawn Shop in Garland. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Melanie Lynn Waits

Met Darlie through mutual friends in 1991. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Kenneth Waits

Husband of Melanie. Testified at trial during the punishment phase.

Darlene Potter

In her affidavit of of July 10, 2002, stated she had seen two unknown men at around 2am on the morning of June 6, 1996. She was driving north on Dalrock Road and said they were acting suspiciously. Did not testify at trial.