American Sniper Trial

Defense to present 3rd day of testimony in ‘Sniper’ trial


Eddie Ray Routh, left, enters the courtroom with defense attorney J. Warren St. John following a break in his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)

Eddie Ray Routh, left, enters the courtroom with defense attorney J. Warren St. John following a break in his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for the former Marine accused of fatally shooting “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man are set to present a third day of testimony to support their insanity defense.

Eddie Ray Routh’s attorneys have been calling friends and family members to testify to Routh’s behavior before and after the February 2013 shootings of Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a shooting range in Texas.

Routh has pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys say Routh was in a psychotic state at the time of the shootings.

Prosecutors described Routh as troubled but said that any history of mental illnesses shouldn’t absolve him of being accountable for the deaths.

The trial of the 27-year-old Routh has drawn intense interest, partly because of an Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle’s memoir.

Source: AP

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