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Routh Indicted In Deaths Of Former SEAL Kyle, Friend

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Mugshot of Eddie Ray Routh. (credit: Erath Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Mugshot of Eddie Ray Routh. (credit: Erath Co. Sheriff’s Office)


DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The North Texas man accused of killing former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and another man has been indicted.

Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine and Iraqi war veteran charged with killing Kyle and a friend at an Erath County gun range in February, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of capital murder.

Kyle and Chad Littlefield went with Routh to a gun range for lessons when the 25-year-old allegedly shot them and then fled the scene in Kyle’s pickup truck. He was captured a few hours later in his sister’s home in Lancaster.

Kyle is considered to be the deadliest sniper in American history. His account of life during and after war, “American Sniper,” was a best-seller.

CBS 11’s Doug Dunbar talked exclusively with Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya, earlier this summer and asked, “If ever given the opportunity, would you want to talk to Eddie Ray Routh?” To which Kyle replied that she had no words for him.

In that interview, Taya also addressed the issue of PTSD, and her belief that it is not justification for murder. Routh had reportedly been treated at the VA hospital in Dallas for PTSD.

She said “They (those with PTSD) worked through their struggles, just like we work through our struggles. They are phenomenal people and it doesn’t change their character. Might change their mood once in a while, might have sleepless nights, doesn’t make them a murderer. You’re not going to blame someone else, in my opinion, when you murder two people in cold blood.

Routh remains jailed in lieu of $3 million bail.

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