Trial of ‘American Sniper’ killer begins in Texas

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Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is being tried for the 2013 murder of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, 38, and the murder of another veteran, Chad Littlefield, 35, at a shooting range in Texas.

After stints in Iraq and Haiti, Routh developed symptoms suggesting he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. On January 19, 2013, the Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital suggested that Routh may pose a danger to the public. However, it then released him on January 25 with eight different medications to combat his various mental issues, which included depression, mania and severe nightmares.

Almost a week later on February 2, Kyle and Littlefield took Routh to an outdoor shooting range southwest of Glen Rose, Texas. Both men, as fellow veterans themselves, had agreed to mentor Routh and help him combat his post-traumatic stress disorder. Earlier that morning, Routh had been drinking whisky and smoking marijuana at his home. He had also threatened his girlfriend with a knife.

On the drive towards Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, both Kyle and Littlefield became wary of their backseat passenger’s strange behavior. Kyle texted Littlefield, saying, “This dude is straight up nuts.” Littlefield sent a text back and said, “He’s right behind me. Watch my six [watch my back].”

At the shooting range, Routh used a .45-caliber pistol to shoot Kyle five times in the back and once in the head. He used Kyle’s Navy-issued Sig Sauer pistol to shoot Littlefield four times in the back and once in the face and head. Routh then fled the scene in Kyle’s Ford-350 pickup truck with the guns.

The case is currently being tried in Stephenville, Texas.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Routh leaving psychiatric hospital with medication
2. Routh drinking and smoking marijuana, then threatening girlfriend with a knife
3. Routh, Kyle and Littlefield in Kyle’s Ford pickup truck
4. Kyle and Littlefield exchange text messages about Routh
5. Routh kills Kyle and Littlefield at shooting range
6. Routh grabs guns and flees the scene

VOICEOVER (in English):

A former Marine shot and killed ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield.

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is being tried for the murder of Chris Kyle, 38, and the murder of another veteran, Chad Littlefield, 35.

Routh was released from Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital on January 25, 2013 with eight different medications to treat his depression and PTSD symptoms.

On the morning of February 2, Routh drank whisky, smoked marijuana and threatened his girlfriend with a knife.

He met up with Kyle and Littlefield later that day and they drove Kyle’s black Ford-350 to an outdoor shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas.

During the drive, the two other men became wary of Routh’s behavior. Kyle texted Littlefield, saying, ‘This guy is straight up nuts.’

At the shooting range, Routh shot Kyle in the back and head with a pistol. Routh used Kyle’s Navy-issued handgun to shoot Littlefield in the back, face and head.

Routh then grabbed the guns and fled in Kyle’s pickup truck.

Defense attorneys are planning to plead insanity and claim that Routh was suffering from PTSD at the time of the murders.

SOURCES: Washington Post, ABC News, Dallas Morning News, CNN, Sydney Morning Herald

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