The man accused of murdering Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, has denied killing him

February 19, 2015 8:47 am
Prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday in the trial of a former
Marine charged with killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and
another man.
Eddie Ray Routh is accused of killing the former
Navy SEAL and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield at a rural shooting range
in February 2013. Before resting, prosecutors played a recorded phone
call between Routh and a reporter from The New Yorker magazine in which
Routh talks about the events, The Dallas Morning reported.
“I had to take care of business. I took care of business, and then I got in the truck and left,” Routh said in the call.

The man accused of murdering Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, has denied
killing him. Eddie Ray Routh’s lawyers have put forward a defense of

Routh also said he was annoyed Littlefield wasn’t shooting.
you gonna shoot? Are you gonna shoot? It’s a shooting sport. You
shoot,” Routh said in the phone call. “That’s what got me all riled up.”

Kyle served four tours in and made more than 300 kills as
a sniper for SEAL Team 3, according to his own count. He earned two
Silver Stars for valor. After leaving the military, he volunteered with
veterans facing mental health problems, often taking them shooting.
He wrote a best-selling memoir that was the basis for the box office smash “American Sniper.”
whose attorneys are mounting an insanity defense, has pleaded not
guilty. The trial has drawn intense interest, partly because of an
Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle’s memoir.
Kyle and Littlefield
were taking Routh on the outing at the request of the troubled
veteran’s mother, Jodi Routh, who said under cross-examination by
prosecutors Tuesday she didn’t know Kyle’s plan. Asked if she regretted
not telling Kyle of threats Routh had made to kill himself and his
family, she said she just wanted help for him.
Family members say
Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq
and in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Defense attorneys
say Routh, who was taking anti-psychotic medication, was insane when
Kyle and Littlefield took the former Marine to the shooting range to
provide support and camaraderie.
Routh, his lawyers say, believed
the men planned to kill him. “If I did not take down his soul, he was
going to take down mine,” Routh said of Kyle in a videotaped confession
showed in court Monday.
Routh also said in the interview with Texas Ranger Danny Briley, “I’m just sorry for what I’ve done.”
said Routh was a troubled drug user but he knew right from wrong.
Briley, who interviewed Routh in the hours after the killings, testified
Monday that Routh confessed to shooting the men. He also testified that
he believed Routh knew his actions were wrong.
Criminal law
experts say a verdict hinges on whether the defense can prove Routh was
insane at the time and did not know the killings at a gun range
constituted a crime.
Last week, a former deputy testified that he
overheard Routh after he’d been taken into custody say that he shot the
men because they wouldn’t talk to him as the three drove together to
the shooting range.
A Texas Ranger police officer has testified
that authorities found marijuana, a near-empty bottle of whiskey and
medication for schizophrenia while searching Routh’s home after the
The testimony could show that Routh deliberately put
himself into a violent state, said Park Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist
who examined Andrea Yates, who was found not guilty in 2006 by reason of
insanity in the drowning deaths of her five children.

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