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Evidence in the Darlie Routier Case

Updated on July 1, 2017


Darlie Lynn Peck Routier is on death row in Texas, convicted of murdering one of her sons in the early morning hours of June 6, 1996 (while considered guilty of murdering both sons, she was only tried for the youngest one’s murder). Also wounded, it was concluded her wounds were self-inflicted. Charges of police ineptitude, cover-ups, prosecutorial misconduct, and conspiracy have beleaguered this case from the outset, courtesy of those who desperately want her to be innocent. Is this going to be a case that goes into the books as solved but unresolved? Her supporters fanatically wish this to be the situation, despite the lack of evidence supporting their position. In fact, many who support her realize the situation is not likely to change, no matter how much they try. However, they will attempt almost anything to get the case re-opened (unlikely), or a retrial on new evidence (equally unlikely, as there is none). About the only likelihood of anything happening is her execution.

Recent events in the case include DNA tests requested by the defense at the behest of Routier’s mother, Darlie Kee. The results were asked to be sealed; this presents the probability that they were not favorable. Had they come back in her favor, this position would no doubt have been trumpeted far and wide as reason for a new trial, or at the very least the re-opening of the case. Such has not been the situation; therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the next event will be a scheduling of the execution, barring any unforeseen circumstance.

The best evidence we have at our disposal for examination are the statements made by the Routiers and trial transcripts. Although not an exact science, since it is open to question, linguistic/statement analysis and common sense should help to decipher the truth of the events that took place that early morning. Using these analyses and comparing them to the crime scene as well as to the “blood map” and other pieces of evidence, one may come to a reasonable conclusion of what happened. For the record, I am convinced that Darlie Routier was rightfully convicted for this crime. I was neutral for some time, but once a friend and I performed the analyses that will be outlined in forthcoming articles, my opinion changed.

Darlie's Statement of June 8, 1996

Although many verbal statements gave varying accounts of what Darlie said happened, starting with her written statement, she locked in for all time her "official" version of the events of June 6, 1996.

Application of linguistic/statement analysis and common sense allows someone to discover an individual's language use, verbal tics, slips in verb tense, and operates much the same as speech analysis (an imperfect science). By careful reading of the transcript of this statement, one finds discrepancies with other transcripts that need resolution. Such resolution leads to a conclusion that supports her murder conviction.

Darin's Statement of June 8, 1996

As with Darlie's written statement to police, Darin's written statement also locked him into a specific account of the events of two mornings prior. Once committed, he had to stand by his account or admit to filing a false police statement, which could have had serious repercussions. Similarly, linguistic/statement analysis allows comparison with other transcripts to determine where discrepancies and possible deceptions occur. It is interesting to note that many supporters of Darlie Routier tend to point out all the “lies”, “deceptions”, and “mistakes” in Darin’s statement and testimony, but vehemently deny that Darlie lied (she was confused), deceived (she was really confused), or mistaken (she was drugged and therefore totally confused). It is sad the lengths people will go to in order to try to sway others to their positions, however tenuous those positions are.

Jury Trial Transcripts Examinations

Since most of the pre-trial transcripts concern motions, voir dire, and the like, those do not need to be examined as greatly as the trial transcripts, where one finds testimony pertaining to the events prior to, and after, the murders and wounding of Ms. Routier. The pertinent information from each will be presented and then examined considering the Routier’s statements and testimony.

Where conflicts arise, and there are undoubtedly many them, it will be necessary to turn to crime scene photographs and physical evidence to determine which is the correct and truthful position. For this, one must consider the laws of physics, forensics, and human nature. Taken together, these help the investigator come to the proper conclusion.

Comments are welcome, but are moderated by the author. Any that resort to off-topic remarks; that try to steer people toward other articles not specifically mentioned by the author; promote pro-Darlie Routier websites; or foster racist, hateful, or libelous attitudes will be deleted without being published. This is not the forum for such activity. If you cannot respect such conditions, you will be banned from this series. Consider yourself forewarned, I have no respect for such shenanigans, nor for the individuals who foster them.

Next up: Darlie Lynn Peck Routier’s June 8, 1996 Statement Analyzed


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