Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty of the 2013 shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. It took the jury less than two hours to agree on a verdict in what many were calling the American Sniper murder trial.
State District Judge Jason Cashon sentenced Eddie Ray Routh to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The quick guilty verdict was a relief to all involved.
Chris Kyle's widow, Taya, was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read as she stormed out of the courtroom in the middle of the defense's closing arguments earlier in the day.
After the verdict, Chad Littlefield's mother Judy said, "We have waited two years for God to get justice on behalf of our son. And as always, God has proven to be faithful, and we're so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight."
In the courtroom Littlefield's half-brother addressed Eddie Ray Routh saying that he "took the lives of two heroes, men who tried to be a friend to you, and you became an American disgrace."
There was no question whether former Marine Eddie Ray Routh killed former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. He admitted to killing the two men at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. Routh, however, plead not guilty due to insanity and his defense attorneys argued that he suffers from psychotic episodes caused by post-traumatic stress disorder and other factors.
It was a defense that Chris Kyle's widow Taya, the Littlefield family, prosecutors and others weren't buying. And, it looks like the jury in the American Sniper murder trial weren't buying it either.Other Articles
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