It was said there was blood under glass in kitchen–yeah, because 15-20 people stomped through the glass crushing it and kicking it everywhere.
Darlie would have you believe that the police descended on 5801 Eagle Drive like a marauding army, completely destroying the crime scene. Nothing could be further from the truth. Only two police officers, David Waddell and Matt Walling, entered the crime scene in response to her 911 call.
Davis: Did you notice anything unusual about the entryway?
Waddell: I noticed some blood on the floor. I attempted not to step in it and disturb any of it.
Davis: Could you see anything on the floor of the kitchen?
Waddell: There was blood on the floor and a broken wine glass. I stepped over it.
(David Waddell, Sec. 307, 327)
Two paramedics, Jack Kolbye and Brian Koschak, then entered the front door and went directly into the family room to help Devon and Damon. They did not go into any other room of the house. When Koschak realized that Devon was dead, he took Darlie to the front porch to tend to her wounds. Kolby was in the house for about one minute before he took Damon out the front door to the ambulance.
(Brian Leland Koschak, Sec. 1488)
(Jack Kolbye, Sec. 1434)
Darlie called 911 at 2:30 A.M. Officer Walling had crime scene tape up within 20 minutes of that call. This was corroborated by William Gorsuch, a neighbor who lived across the street.
Shook: How quickly did the police put that crime scene tape up?
Gorsuch: It was up very quick. They had to actually lift the tape up to allow the second ambulance out.
(William Gorsuch, Sec. 235)
By approximately 2:45 A.M., Waddell was stationed at the front door to secure the crime scene.
Davis: Officer Waddell, did anyone enter that house after about 2:45 A.M. [until you left at a little after 3 A.M.]?
Waddell: No, except for the fire personnel. They got their equipment from the family room and left.
(David Waddell, Sec. 346, 452)
Officer Steve Wade relieved Waddell at 3 A.M.
Davis: During the time that you were on the door, did anyone try to get into the house?
Wade: Yes sir, my chief of police, Chief Posey.
Davis: You actually told your chief he couldn’t come in?
Wade: That is correct. He didn’t go in.
(Steve Wade, Sec. 1377)
At 6 A.M., James Cron and Officers Mayne, Walling, and Nabors conducted a walk-through of the house, strictly for observation purposes. Photographs were then taken of the crime scene in its original condition.
(James Cron, Sec. 2155-2156)
Considering the staggering amount of blood, this was an exceptionally well-preserved crime scene. Tape was strung approximately ten minutes after police arrived, and an officer was stationed in front of the house 24 hours a day for every day the crime scene was held. The only civilian allowed into the house was neighbor Karen Neal. Officer Walling escorted her directly up the stairs (which weren’t even part of the actual crime scene) to retrieve the Routier’s dog, who was upset and barking.
As careful as they tried to be, however, a partial heel print in blood was detected in the kitchen. To his credit, James Cron had those shoe prints inked and impressions made of everyone at the scene. The print belonged to Officer Walling. There were also a few smudges between the couch and back windows. That section of carpet was removed, and it was consistent with paramedic Koschak’s boot. He had to enter the family room from behind the west couch, by the rear windows, because Kolbye was assisting Damon in the other entrance).
(James Cron, Sec. 2250, 2349)