GUILTY! => Jury Reaches Verdict in ‘American Sniper’ Trial
A verdict was reached in the trial tonight of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, in the shooting death of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
The jury found Eddie Ray Routh – GUILTY of first degree murder.
The jury came back with a decision in two-and-a-half hours.
The jury consisted of ten women and two men.
Routh will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors in the murder trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberations that they should disregard the insanity defense of the defendant’s attorneys.
Chris Kyle’s widow stormed out of the courtroom today after Routh’s mother could not explain why she did not tell Kyle about her son’s history of violence.
FOX News reported:
State District Judge Jason Cashon turned over the fate of Eddie Ray Routh to the Erath County jury after about three hours of closing arguments.
There was no indication how long jurors would be asked to deliberate Tuesday evening.
Routh, 27, has admitted to the killings of the former Navy SEAL Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a gun range in 2013 but pleaded not guilty. His attorneys and family members asserted that he suffers psychotic episodes caused by post-traumatic stress disorder and other factors.
But prosecutors said Tuesday that whatever episodes Routh suffers are self-induced through alcohol and marijuana abuse.
In front of a packed courtroom, Erath County assistant District Attorney Jane Starnes and three defense attorneys made their case.
“That is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder,” Starnes said. “(Routh) is guilty of capital murder and he was not by any means insane.”
But defense attorneys contended that Routh could not have realized what he was doing on Feb. 2, 2013.
“He didn’t kill those men because of who he wanted to be, he killed those men because he had a delusion,” Warren St. John said. “He thought that they were going to kill him.”
At one point during the defense’s closing arguments, Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s widow, stormed out of the courtroom, whispering an expletive and slamming her hand on the wall as she walked out the door. At the time, attorneys were discussing how useful it would have been for Routh’s mother to have told Chris Kyle about the former’s history of violence.