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Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend
A jury has found Eddie Ray Routh found guilty of capital murder in the murder trial of Chris Kyle, subject of the film "American Sniper."
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh walks to his seat during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Crime scene photos from the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort where the deaths occurred are shown on television monitors during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
Taya Kyle, wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, wipes her eyes as she testifies during former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh's capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)
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Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Chad Littlefield's injuries are portrayed in this display during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Assistant Attorney Genera Jane Starnes gives her closing arguments during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Somerville EMT Matthew Green leaves the courtroom after his testimony during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Former Dallas Cowboys football player Jay Novacek follows the Kyle family out of the courtroom after the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: State District Judge Jason Cashon confers with court appointed defense attorney J. Warren St. John (L) and Erath Assistant District Attorney Jane Starnes during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Chad Littlefield's friend Chet Kelley testifies during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Somerville Deputy Sheriff Keith Martin testifies during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Rough Creek Lodge and Resort former employee Justin Nabours testifies during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Somerville EMT Lt. Bobby Epps points to where he saw one of the deceased shot during his testimony during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Midlothian dispatcher Raelee Parrish (R) listens to questions from Assistant District Attorney Jane Starnes during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Taya Kyle, wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, leaves the courtroom after the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox - Pool/Getty Images)
Court appointed defense attorney Tim Moore speaks to the jury during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash speaks to the jury during closing arguments at the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash speaks to the jury during closing arguments at the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Defense attorney R. Shay Isham speaks to the jury during closing arguments in the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
State District Judge Jason Cashon gives instructions to the jury during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Assistant Attorney General at the Texas Attorney General's Office Jane Starnes, left, questions Dr. Mitchell Dunn, a board-certified psychiatrist at Terrell State Hospital as he testifies during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle, with Don and Judy Littlefield, parents of Chad Littlefield, during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)
The prosecution has rested its case against Eddie Ray Routh. Now the defense will present its case.No one disputes that Routh shot and killed Chris Kyle, the subject of the hit film "American Sniper," and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, at a Texas firing range two years ago. But defense attorneys say Routh was insane.Prosecutors have described Routh as a troubled young man, but they argue he wasn't insane. They say these are the actions of a cold-blooded killer.
Eddie Ray Routh's sister Laura Blevins testifies during the capital murder trial of the former Marine Cpl. at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)
Eddie Ray Routh's girlfriend Jennifer Weed testifies during Routh's capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)
Donna Taylor, a family friend and former employer of Eddie Ray Routh, leaves the courtroom after testifying in the capital murder trial of the former Marine Cpl. at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)
Taya Kyle, the widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle wept as she testified at the murder trial today in court. She broke down as she described her husband’s heroism and their treasured family photos were shown to the jury. Twenty-seven-year-old Eddie Ray Routh is accused of gunning down Kyle at a shooting range two years ago.
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Taya Kyle (C), wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is escorted to a waiting vehicle as she leaves the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Security is tight for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, who is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade / Getty Images)
Taya Kyle, second from left, wife of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gives a wink towards Judy Littlefield, mother of Chad Littlefield, bottom right, after testifying in the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)
This undated photo provided by the Erath County Sheriff’s Office shows Eddie Ray Routh, who was charged with killing former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range southwest of Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Erath County Sheriff's Office, File)
Eddie Ray Routh walks into court for a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)
Flags wave outside the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The building houses the courthouse that will hold the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Eddie Ray Routh walks to his seat in court, with law enforcement officers standing by, before a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)
Judge Jason Cashon, back right, speaks to Eddie Ray Routh, left, and his lawyers Tim Moore, front right, and J. Warren St. John during a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)
Judge Jason Cashon, right, listens to one of Eddie Ray Routh's lawyers Tim Moore during a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)
A law enforcement officer stands guard outside the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The building houses the courthouse that will hold the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2013 file photo Christopher Kyle's wife, Taya, is escorted to her seat after memorializing her husband in Arlington, Texas. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, talks to the media in Minneapolis. Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)
Taya Kyle, the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives with her attorneys at the federal courthouse Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn., for the start of a trial in a lawsuit filed by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura against the Kyle estate. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit claiming that Chris Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: An image is displayed on a big screen onstage of Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper for his role in the film 'American Sniper' at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Directors J.J. Abrams (L) and director Alfonso Cuaron announce the film 'American Sniper' as a nominee for Best Sound Mixing during the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the Washington premiere of the movie “American Sniper” at Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Cooper played US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history and author of the book “American Sniper," made into a movie with the same title. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
AMERICAN SNIPER 2014 Warner Bros film with Sienna Miller
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
A US Marine Special Operations soldier provides security during the construction of a new checkpoint by Afghan and US forces April 3, 2013 in the district of Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
Members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Ten stand at attention during funeral for fellow SEAL Chris Kyle at the Texas State Cemetery
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Austin, Texas, USA. 12th February 2013. Funeral procession for former navy Seal Chris Kyle.Atmosphere.George Goodman of DeLand Florida is reflected in the window of an APD cruiser.St.Johns and IH35.02/12/2013.(Credit Image: å© Jeff Newman/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, talks to the media in Minneapolis. Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2013 file photo Christopher Kyle's wife, Taya, is escorted to her seat after memorializing her husband in Arlington, Texas. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
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STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's memoir about his four tours in Iraq.

Since prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

The prosecution painted Routh as a troubled drug user who knew right from wrong, despite any mental illnesses. While trial testimony and evidence often included Routh making odd statements and referring to insanity, he also confessed several times, apologized for the crimes and tried to evade police.

Criminal law experts said the verdict hinged on whether the defense could prove Routh was insane and did not know the killings were wrong at the time they were committed. Jurors had three options: find Routh guilty of capital murder, find him not guilty, or find him not guilty by reason of insanity. If found not guilty by reason of insanity, the court could have initiated proceedings to have him committed to a state mental hospital.

Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to the shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on Feb. 2, 2013, after Routh's mother asked Kyle to help her troubled son. Family members say Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

A forensic psychologist testified for prosecutors that Routh was not legally insane and suggested he may have gotten some of his ideas from television. Dr. Randall Price said Routh had a paranoid disorder made worse by his use of alcohol and marijuana, calling his condition "cannabis-induced psychosis."

Defense attorneys noted that Kyle had described Routh as "straight-up nuts" in a text message to Littlefield as they drove to the luxury resort.

Among evidence entered by prosecutors was a recorded phone call between Routh and a reporter from The New Yorker magazine in which Routh said he was annoyed Littlefield wasn't shooting, but instead seemed to be watching him.

"Are you gonna shoot? Are you gonna shoot? It's a shooting sport. You shoot," Routh said in the phone call. "That's what got me all riled up."

Defense attorneys said Routh, who had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication often used for schizophrenia, believed the men planned to kill him.

"I had to take care of business. I took care of business, and then I got in the truck and left," Routh said in the phone call.

A resort employee discovered the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield about 5 p.m.; each had been shot several times. About 45 minutes later, authorities say Routh pulled up to his sister's home in Kyle's truck and told her he had killed two people.

She called police, who later located Routh sitting in front of his home in the truck. A police video shown by prosecutors showed officers trying to coax him from the truck while he makes comments including: "I don't know if I'm going insane" and "Is this about hell walking on earth right now?"

"He told us he'd taken a couple of souls and he had more souls to take," Lancaster police Lt. Michael Smith testified.

Routh later took off and led authorities on a chase before the truck became disabled and he was arrested.

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