American Sniper Trial

Proceeding expected before ‘American Sniper’ trial start


In this Feb. 11, 2013 file photo Christopher Kyle's wife, Taya, is escorted to her seat after memorializing her husband in Arlington, Texas. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

In this Feb. 11, 2013 file photo Christopher Kyle’s wife, Taya, is escorted to her seat after memorializing her husband in Arlington, Texas. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A judge is expected to hold a pretrial proceeding ahead of opening statements in the trial of the man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie “American Sniper.”

The procedural matters were scheduled for Tuesday with openings expected Wednesday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine charged with capital murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield. They were fatally shot at a gun range in 2013.

A jury of 10 women and two men was seated Monday.

The movie is based on Kyle’s memoir. The celebrated sniper served four tours in Iraq.

Routh’s attorneys plan to pursue an insanity defense. Prosecutors aren’t seeking the death penalty. Routh faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Source: AP

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