Last night, a Texas jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of the murder deaths of Chad Littlefield and Chris Kyle in what has been called the ′American Sniper′ trial. The jury of 10 women and 2 men took less than 3 hours to reach their verdict. Judge Jason Cashon sentenced Routh to life in prison without parole. Routh′s defense lawyers failed to convince the jury that their client was guilty by reason of insanity, which would have sent Routh to a mental institute with a potential for release back into the public. The case stems from the 2013 shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield when they took Routh to the Rough Creek Lodge for some recreational shooting. Litlefield′s parents commented after the verdict that ″justice was served″ while Taya Kyle was absent after leaving the courtroom following testimony from Routh′s mother. His mom apparently knew that her son was a danger but failed to warn Chris Kyle.
Naturally, Routh′s attorneys will file for an appeal, but few experts believe that the verdict will be over turned. The former Marine has a long history of being disturbed, but the evidence, including a confession, clearly shows that he knew he had done wrong. Since he knew the difference between right and wrong, his insanity defense simply did not fly, thus the jury reached a decision quickly.
So do you agree with the jury that Eddie Ray Routh was guilty in the American Sniper trial? That the murderous deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, cannot be written off as an insane act? Was the sentence by Judge Jason Cashon fair and just? Will Taya Kyle now be able to begin the healing process and put this tragedy behind her? What would you have done had you been at the Rough Creek Lodge when the homicides went down? Had I been there, I would have pulled an Uncle Fester on Routh and ″shoot′em in the back″ as he ran home to mommy and save the Republic of Texas the trouble.