After a short deliberation, Eddie Ray Routh has been found guilty of killing Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield. The already popular case was made even more so, when the film ‘American Sniper,’ based on the life of Chris Kyle, hit theaters worldwide earlier this year. The case has been called the ‘American Sniper case,’ due to its connection with the film. That connection also made finding a jury rather difficult when case-preceding began, finding people that had no prior knowledge of the case, or the deceased was complicated by the film’s nationwide release and commercial marketing.
A former Marine himself, Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty of capital murder for shooting the two men back in February 2013 at a local gun range in Erath County, Texas. According to the judge in the case, Eddie Ray Routh will be spending his entire life in prison, as the judge sentenced him to prison without the possibility of parole. The jury came to the conclusion rather quickly considering the case, deliberating for only two-and-a-half hours before reaching their decision.
Eddie Ray Routh’s attorneys chose an insanity defense for his client, stating that the former Marine suffered from psychosis. Prosecutors in the case did not seek the death penalty, although it was a capital murder case. It was up to the prosecution to do so at the time of the trial, but because they did not seek the death penalty, the now 27-year-old Routh received the standard life-sentence without parole; an automated sentence in that situation for capital murder.
During the court-case it was stated that the two deceased men had taken Routh to the shooting-range back in February 2013. During the trial and the case, several family members said that Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, and that his condition may have lead to the shootings. Routh served tours in Iraq and in and Haiti.