Sniper trial jury watches taped murder confession
Former Marine Eddie Routh’s videotaped confession was presented to the jury on Monday. Eddie Routh is accused of fatally shooting “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and a friend in Texas. Routh confessed to the February 2013 killings but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Legal experts belief the case boils down to whether the defense can prove the defendant Eddie Routh was insane at the time and did not know the killings at the gun range constituted a crime.
The jury also heard voice mail message sent from Routh to Chris Kyle before they met to go to a Texas gun range. Four voice mails were played for the court and, while three were perfunctory, one gave some insight into Routh’s apparent state of mind leading up to the Feb. 2, 2013, shooting. Kyle’s call logs show that in addition to receiving two calls from his wife, Taya, he had missed calls from people close to Routh. Routh’s girlfriend attempted to call Kyle at 1:37 p.m. on the day he was killed, along with Routh’s mother who called Kyle at 6:06 p.m. Several law enforcement officials involved in the case testified Monday. The jailer responsible for transporting Routh after the murder of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield described him as irritated during the drive. Read more at Examiner.com
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