The trial of former US Marine Eddie Ray Routh and alleged double murderer is underway in Central Texas. Routh is the alleged killer of Texans Chad Littlefield and Christopher Scott Kyle whose autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, is the basis of current blockbuster hit American Sniper.
Littlefield and Kyle were killed on February 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Range and Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas.
The NY Times reports that Kyle’s wife, Taya Kyle took the stand on the first day of the trial and testified that “Things were not right,” she told the Court. “I could tell something was up, but I didn’t know exactly what.”
“I said, ‘Are you OK?’ ” a tearful Taya Kyle, the trial’s first witness, told jurors in a packed courtroom Wednesday. “He said, ‘Yup.’ ”
While driving to the shooting range Kyle’s F-250 Ford pickup, Kyle texted his pal Littlefield, also riding the front of the truck, “This dude is straight up nuts,” said defense lawyer Tim Moore during his opening statement. Littlefield replied, “He’s sitting right behind me. Watch my six.” (‘Six’ in military-speak refers to one’s back or the area that cannot be seen in the rear of a person, the reference is to a clock.)
Why Routh was free and not still being treated in a mental health institution is clearly the question for which the general public is demanding an answer. Having been treated in ‘repeatedly’ in mental health facilities in the months prior to the alleged shooting, Routh’s own mother had warned Doctors that her son was not well and should not be released. Routh had been taken to a mental hospital twice after threatening family members and himself it has been reported. His use of marijuana and alcohol had caught the attention of police and led to his citation for DWI in 2012.
After shooting Kyle and Littlefield, Routh left the crime scene in Kyle’s truck and immediately went to the home of his sister. There, he confessed to the murders. Routh’s sister, Laura Blevins, called 911 and told them, “My brother just came by here . . . he’s now left, but he told me he committed murder and I am terrified for my life because I don’t know if he’ll come back here. He said he killed two guys. They went to a shooting range.” Routh allegedly told his sister that he had “traded his soul for a new truck.”
Routh later admitted to killing Kyle and Littlefield in a rambling confession. “I knew if I didn’t take his soul, he would take my soul next,” he told police. Routh’s confession also contains the disturbing admission, “I got tons of people eating at my soul, I can’t sleep.”
The murder trial continues today in Stephenville, Texas.