Jury Returns with Verdict In

Retired Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were only trying to help the very troubled Eddie Ray Routh, when the former Marine shot and killed both men. On February 2, 2013, at the request of Routh’s mother, Kyle and Littlefield invited Routh to join them at the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort shooting range for some recreational shooting and to talk to the distressed vet about his PTSD. Aware that Routh was suffering from some traumatic issues, Kyle had no idea how deeply disturbed Routh really was when he described him as “straight-up nuts” in a message he sent to Littlefield.

Routh knew that what he was doing that day was wrong, when he turned on Kyle and Littlefield at the shooting range. Jurors in Routh’s murder trial disagreed with the defense’s claim that he was insane at the time of the shootings andhanded down a guilty verdict. The capital murder conviction mandates an automatic life sentence for the 27-year old Routh since the prosecution removed the option of the death penalty from the case.

Routh was clearly traumatized from his service in Iraq and also from the time he spent in Haiti in 2010 following the destructive earthquake that struck the region. However, his mental disorders, agitated by his drug and alcohol abuse, did not cause him to loose site of his judgment between right and wrong. Routh told a police lieutenant that he had, “taken a couple of souls and had more souls to take.” It’s quite possible Routh may have taken even more lives if he hadn’t been caught quickly said juror Gianfrancesco Genoso.