BREAKING NEWS: Eddie Ray Routh found guilty in the shooting death of American Sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in Stephenville Texas.
The verdict was reached a little after 9 pm local time in the horrible murders of two American Heros.(Watch the Verdict Read Below)
On February 2, 2013, Kyle and a companion, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. The suspected shooter is Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Lancaster, Texas, Routh, whom Kyle and Littlefield had reportedly taken to the gun range in an effort to help him with his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Routh had been in and out of mental hospitals for at least two years and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. His family said he also suffered from PTSD from his time in the military. After the killings, Routh went to his sister’s house in Midlothian and told her what he had done. His sister, Laura Blevins, called 911 saying: “They went out to a shooting range… Like, he’s all crazy. He’s [expletive] psychotic.” Local police captured Routh after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who had left the scene of the shootings in Kyle’s Ford F-350 truck, crashed into a police cruiser in Lancaster.
A memorial service was held for Kyle at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 11, 2013. Kyle was buried on February 12, 2013, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, after a funeral procession from Midlothian to Austin, stretching over 200 miles. Hundreds of people lined Interstate 35 to view the procession and pay their final respects to Kyle.
Routh was arraigned February 2, 2013, on two counts of capital murder and was taken to the Erath County Jail for holding under a $3 million bond. His trial was set to begin May 5, 2014, but was delayed to allow more time to comply with DNA test requirements. The trial began on February 11, 2015. On February 24, 2015 Routh was found guilty of both murders.