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Former Rowlett resident divorces death row inmate Darlie Routier

LUBBOCK — The divorce of former Rowlett resident Darin Routier from Texas death row inmate Darlie Routier was finalized Friday in Lubbock County, where the father now lives with the couple’s youngest son.

Darlie Routier is the former homemaker who was condemned in 1997 after her two young sons were fatally stabbed in their Rowlett home in 1996.

Routier said after filing for divorce in June that he still believed his ex-wife was innocent but the time had come to move on.

Darlie Routier was convicted of killing their five-year-old, Damon. The 40-year-old mother was also charged with killing his six-year-old brother, Devon, but was not tried for that death.

Darlie Routier has maintained her innocence from the start, contending that an unidentified intruder killed the boys and stabbed her in their family’s Rowlett home.

One of 10 women awaiting lethal injection in Texas, she is currently in prison in Gatesville, between Dallas and Austin.

By J.J. Smith

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