Guilty Verdict Returned In ‘American Sniper’ Murder Trial

February 25, 2015

A Texas jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the ex-Marine charged with killing former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper.

Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield to death at a gun range near Fort Worth in 2013. Lawyers had argued that Routh suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and should have been declared innocent by reason of insanity.

Kyle’s autobiography, published in 2012, spent months on the New York Times bestseller list and adapted into the Clint Eastwood-directed 2014 film American Sniper, in which he is portrayed by Bradley Cooper.

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