AUSTIN (AP) - An appeals court today cleared the way for DNA
testing in the case of a Rowlett woman on death row for the 1996
killing of her son.
The Texas Court of Criminal appeals ruled in the case of Darlie
She's denied being responsible for the stabbing deaths of her
five- and six-year-old sons in the family's Dallas-area home.
Routier has maintained an intruder killed the boys and left her
The appeals court in Austin ruled that Routier should be allowed
to have DNA testing done on blood stains, flakes of dried blood and
hairs found at the crime scene.
Routier's previous appeals to the court had been denied, but
state law allows for post-conviction DNA testing in some cases.
Routier was condemned over the killing of the younger boy --
Damon. The older victim was Devon Routier.
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