‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ TRIAL BEGINS
The trial of the ex-Marine accused of killing Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose life was depicted in the hit movie, American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range two years ago, got underway in Texas yesterday (February 11th).
Defense attorneys are seeking an insanity defense for 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who Kyle had taken to the shooting range after Routh’s mother asked Kyle if he could help her troubled son, who suffered from PTSD.
During opening statements, the defense revealed a text message exchange between Kyle and Littlefield as they drove to the range with Routh in which Kyle had called Routh “straight-up nuts,” and Littlefield texted back, “He’s [sitting] right behind me, watch my six,” using a military reference for watching one’s back.
The defense said Routh thought he needed to kill the two men or they would turn on him.