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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)
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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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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AMERICAN SNIPER 2014 Warner Bros film with Bradley Cooper
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)
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
Military veterans hold American flags at funeral of Nay SEAL Chris Kyle in Austin, Texas
Military veterans hold American flags at funeral of Nay SEAL Chris Kyle in Austin, Texas
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)
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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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