Defendant in the Murder of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle Has Been Sentenced
The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has reached a verdict. The man who killed "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and another man was sentenced to life in prison.
This is the court footage, from judge entry to courtroom to deliver verdict:
Mr. Routh and his lawyers had argued that he was not guilty by reason of insanity and that he belonged not in prison but at a state mental hospital. His two-week trial for the killings of Mr. Kyle and Mr. Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 centered on Mr. Routh’s state of mind. Jurors had to decide whether Mr. Routh’s erratic behavior, his delusions about hybrid pig people and his heavy drug use were proof of insanity or evidence that he was troubled but criminally responsible.
With the death penalty off the table, the verdict that Mr. Routh was guilty of capital murder left him facing only one possible sentence, and the judge issued it minutes after the verdict was announced — life in prison without parole.