A police officer in the American sniper case testified on Thursday. The former marine was charged with the murders of two men, one being American Sniper Chris Kyle. He said at the time of his arrest that he had taken two lives and had more to take. The American sniper has been declared to have had a morbid mission when killing the two men.
Video footage was released showing Eddie Ray Routh, the man charged for murder in this trial, refusing to get out of a pickup truck just hours after Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield were found dead after a visit to a shooting range. As Routh babbles on about anarchy “killing the world,” officers are seen trying to coax him out of the car.
Roth’s attorneys are pleading insanity. They are saying he was mentally unstable when Kyle and Littlefield took him to a shooting range to show support and friendship, being a fellow military brother. Routh was convinced the two men wanted to kill him, even though it was their first meeting that day.
This case has been extremely popular in recent weeks due to Kyle’s memoire being published. The recent release of Oscar nominated film about the American sniper, Chris Kyle, has further promoted this story.
However, prosecutors are refusing to accept Routh’s plea. They believe even if Routh was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he would have been conscious of his actions and would have known what he was doing. His defense states that his mental instability was so intense it had a strong effect on his judgment, enough to justify murders to himself. Routh had been diagnosed with PTSD, Schizophrenia, and paranoia.
Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s widow, also testified saying her husband had no ulterior motives other then providing support for a fellow veteran. According to prosecutor Alan Nash, Routh shot Littlefield four times in the back, face, head, and hand. Kyle was shot five times in the head, back, and side. The day of the trial would have been Kyle’s 38th birthday.
The day the American sniper went on a morbid mission to kill these two men, he testified that he had drinking whiskey and smoked marijuana, including a joint dipped in formaldehyde. If convicted, Routh will be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.
At the trial, Routh’s defense attorney showed text messages from Kris Kyle that had been sent to Littlefield while in the car with Routh. The text read, “This dude is straight up nuts.” Even though Littlefield was sitting right next to Kyle in the car, he felt the need to text him.
It is obvious that criminally charged Routh is guilty, however it is being determined whether or not he premeditated his morbid mission, or if the American sniper was too mentally unstable to make sound judgments. The defense argues that in the moments of Kyle’s murder, Routh was in psychosis. The prosecutors and family of Chris Kyle do not believe that such a psychosis could render Routh unable to have a conscience.
Written by Audrey Madden
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