Twenty-five years later, there are still many theories as to what really happened to Devon and Damon Routier on the night of June 6, 1996. The young boys were both found murdered in their family home in Dallas, TX.
Their mother, Darlie Lynn Routier, was convicted for the boy’s murder. She has spent the last 24 years in prison on death row after being convicted in 1997.
According to The Cinemaholic, Routier, who was 26 at the time, made a frantic 911 call from her Dallas home claiming that an intruder had broken in, and attacked her family. The call was made at approximately 2:30 a.m., with the police arriving just a couple minutes later.
Darlie was found with wounds on her neck, arms and shoulder. Devon, 6, and Damon, 5, were found dead with stab wound injuries. There was a torn window screen in the garage and the weapon, a sharp knife, was found on the kitchen counter, The Cinemaholic reported.
At the time, authorities reported that Darlie told officers that she fell asleep while watching television and had woken up to find a long-haired man, wearing a baseball cap, t-shirt and jeans in her living room. Darlie claimed that he intruder left as she approached him, and then realized that she had been hurt.
According to The Cinemaholic, Darlie spent two days in a hospital recovering from her injuries. Her youngest son, 7-month-old Drake, and her husband Darin both slept upstairs at the time of the attacks, and were unharmed.
At Darlie’s trial, prosecutors alleged that she had murdered her two oldest sons because of the family’s financial troubles, according to Murderpedia. Prosecutors described Darlie as “pampered” and “materialistic” woman with substantial debt at the time of the murders.
Murderpedia reported that Darlie Routier’s family still maintains a website which proclaims her innocence, and a new website has been created by Routier’s supporters to present their views and claims of her innocence.