Ok, folks. Forget the Silly String tape. Its peanuts compared to this. Nelda Watts, a retired school teacher, lived directly across the street from the Routiers. This is what she saw on June 18th, 1996, less than two weeks after Devon and Damon were stabbed to death: Q. And, where was Darlie Routier and her
husband, Darin Routier?
A. They were in the front yard. There were many funeral wreaths, there were stuffed animals, flags, signs that people had placed
Q. Okay. And as you looked out there, what were Darin and Darlie Routier doing?
A. Darin was taking the animals and flags off of the wreaths. Q. What is the first noise that you heard?
A. It sounded sort of like children
laughing, that kind of thing.
Darin would take a stuffed animal off of one of
the wreaths and toss it over to Darlie and she would jump
up and catch it, and then she would toss it back to him
and he would chuck it toward the vehicle, the back end of
the vehicle was open, and if he threw it in, she would
jump up and cheer. Q. Okay. What else did you see?
A. Well, he took a flag off of one of
them, and she cheered as he climbed up the water fountain
and put it at the top of the fountain after they got
most of the animals off and I didnt stand there the
whole time, but I looked again, because I was waiting to
go out and get the mail. I didnt want to go out there
while they were out there doing that.
So I looked again, and they were
taking the wreaths and dragging them around toward the
back, I assume for the trash.
Q. Okay. This was on the 18th of June of
A. Yes, sir, it was the 18th.
Q. As best you recall?
A. I know it was.