Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mother in Texas Gets Death Sentence Authorities Say Woman Staged Attack on Sons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mother in Texas Gets Death Sentence Authorities Say Woman Staged Attack on Sons

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A housewife accused of fatally stabbing two of her sons and then slashing her throat to make it look like an attack by an intruder was sentenced Tuesday to death by injection.

A jury took four hours to decide the fate of Darlie Routier, 27.

No execution date was set. All death penalty cases in Texas are automatically appealed. Prosecutors said Routier had killed in frustration over financial problems and the burdens of motherhood. The jury could have given her life in prison. Routier was convicted Saturday of murder in the slaying of her son Damon, 5, on June 6. She is charged also with murdering the boy's older brother, Devon, 6, but prosecutors decided to try the cases separately. Routier, who also has an infant son, had claimed that an intruder attacked her and her boys in the family's home in Rowlett, 20 miles east of Dallas, and then fled through the garage. Her husband said he was upstairs at the time and did not see or hear an intruder. Prosecutors said she staged the attack. …

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