'American Sniper' Murder Trial Reaches a Verdict

Just over two years have passed since American Sniper hero Chris Kyle was murdered at a gun range near Dallas, Texas, and on Tuesday, February 24, a jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of killing the Navy SEAL and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.


Routh's defense team had been going for an insanity plea, but the jury wasn't having it. They deliberated for just two hours before unanimously agreeing to the capital murder charge. Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors had not been seeking the death sentence.

I think Texas Governor Greg Abbott summed up the feelings of many Americans tonight upon hearing this news:

Routh, 27, admitted to killing Kyle and Littlefield at the shooting range of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in the Dallas area on February 2, 2013. He was a Marine corporal who had reportedly been suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq, although not in a combat role.

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Prosecutors claimed that he had been drinking and smoking pot at the time of the murders, and the defense said he'd been in the "grip of a medically diagnosed psychosis."

The wildly popular movie, American Sniper, was based on Kyle's autobiography about being the most lethal sniper in American history. The Clint Eastwood-directed film is the highest grossing war movie in history, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Kyle's widow, Taya, attended the ceremony on Sunday night before flying back to Texas for the end of the trial.

Do you think justice was served?


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