American Sniper Trial

VERDICT: Eddie Ray Routh GUILTY of 1st Degree Murder in ‘American Sniper’ killing trial


Eddie Ray Routh has been convicted of 1st degree murder in the shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after only a few hours of deliberations. Routh was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) – A former Marine has been convicted in the deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend at a shooting range.

Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday against Eddie Ray Routh, whose attorneys had mounted an insanity defense and said he suffered from psychosis. Since prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of the famed Navy SEAL and Chad Littlefield.

The men had taken Routh out shooting in February 2013 after Routh’s mother asked Kyle to help him. Family members say Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and in Haiti.

The case drew intense interest, largely because of the blockbuster film based on Kyle’s memoir about his four Iraq tours.

JOHN L. MONE

Source: AP

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Kim regan says:

I have schizoaffective disorder too and I know he should not have been near a gun because with this illness you still know right from wrong but you can snap not even realizing it and do an impulsive act . Doctors in Texas push people out to fast they don’t have room in state hospital the people in Texas are all Hang em’ yay
But in prison he will not suffer we schizoaffective hVe a very good escape route we can let ourselves become completely delusional and in a good rway
I don’t think they have really found a good cure for PTSD or schizoaffective disorder not one that doesn’t make you drool and put you in a stupor all day

   
Eileen Voisin says:

I hope we hear tonight and pray its a guilty verdict as he was not that crazy.

   

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