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Mother Who Said Intruder Killed Sons Charged With Their Slayings

June 19, 1996

ROWLETT, Texas (AP) _ A woman who said an intruder stabbed her and killed her two young sons in their home two weeks ago has been charged in the boys’ slayings.

Darlie Routier had told police that a man stabbed 6-year-old Devon and 5-year-old Damon to death while they slept in their living room, and then stabbed her before fleeing. However, the story didn’t match evidence at the suburban Dallas home, police said.

``The crime scene tells the story,″ police Chief Randall Posey said. ``Problem is that story isn’t the story that she’s telling.″

Mrs. Routier, 26, was arrested Tuesday night and was being held on $500,000 bail on murder charges for the June 6 slayings in this suburb about 20 miles east of Dallas.

Blood evidence showed Mrs. Routier was stabbed in the kitchen rather than in the living room as she told police, Dallas TV station KXAS reported Tuesday. The blood showed one set of footprints _ Mrs. Routier’s _ in the house, the station said, quoting anonymous sources.

Investigators also found a knife in a kitchen drawer with metal fragments on it that matched a cut window screen that Mrs. Routier said the attacker used to break into her home.

Mrs. Routier told police that she and the boys were sleeping in front of the television in the family’s first-floor living room when a man she described as white, wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap, came through the window and killed her sons.

Police would not comment on broadcast reports that the family had been in financial trouble and had taken out life insurance policies on the sons.

Mrs. Routier’s mother, Darlie Kee, said the couple had two $5,000 policies on the boys _ ``barely enough to bury the babies″ _ and accused police of succumbing to public pressure.

``They don’t have anybody else, and everyone’s pushing them to make an arrest on this because it’s two little kids,″ Ms. Kee said.

Mrs. Routier’s mother-in-law, Sarilda Routier, also stood by her, saying she had ``never known a better nurturer.″

Mrs. Routier spent two days in the hospital recovering from several stab wounds, mostly in the neck and upper torso _ wounds police now say were self-inflicted.

``He went to two defenseless children first and then he went to me,″ Mrs. Routier told The Dallas Morning News earlier this month. ``I don’t know why God spared me.″

Mrs. Routier’s husband, Darin, was sleeping upstairs with the couple’s 8-month-old son at the time. He is not a suspect, police said.

The male attacker ``never existed,″ police Sgt. Dean Poos said.

In a similar case that got national attention, Susan Smith of South Carolina was convicted last year of murdering her two sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex. Before confessing to rolling her car into a lake with the boys inside in October 1994, she claimed that a carjacker had abducted her children.

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