The Darlie Routier Case

  • Site description

    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.

    A growing body of evidence supports her claims of innocence.

    Please take time to learn about Darlie’s case. Join us in speaking out.

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Medical Examiners & Experts

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.

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.

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.