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The jury in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh has found him guilty of capital murder for killing “American Sniper” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range on February 2, 2013. Routh, 27, had admitted to the killings but had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
After the trial was postponed Monday due to an ice storm in the area, the prosecution and defense put on their final rebuttal witnesses on Tuesday, and then presented closing arguments. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours, and the verdict was read at about 9:20 pm Tuesday evening. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, has attended every day of the trial proceedings but was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Because the prosecution did not seek the death penalty, the verdict comes with a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. If Routh had been found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would have been sentenced to a state mental hospital.
As Breitbart Texas reported, the standard under Texas law to prove an insanity defense is extremely difficult to satisfy. Texas Penal Code Section 8.01 requires the defendant to prove that at the time of the crime, “as a result of severe mental disease or defect, [he] did not know that his conduct was wrong.”
Written by SARAH RUMPF-Breitbart
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