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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.

2 thoughts on “The Routier Murders : 25 Years Later”
  1. Her knife used to cut screen, jewelry wasn’t taken at sink where clean up occurred, she named 2 men in her jail letters & freaked out on the stand when asked about it, blood under the glass & vacuum, no cuts on her feet, wine glass was latched wouldn’t have been knocked down, Domain didn’t bark, motion lites not on, she called media herself to film that grave scene. Her mother had the opportunity a few years ago to go on Dr. Phil? Worldwide attn and any dna testing? She refused. Why? She knows her daughter did this. Her fans say necklace was embedded, had to be surgically removed but it simply fell off when bandage removed. Bruising on her arms prob caused by boys kicking her off. Her wounds were superficial & she didn’t know what/where carotid was. She was lucky she didn’t kill herself. She was such a light sleeper that she would wake up when Drake turned over in his crib yet she slept through all that? She’s guilty.

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