JURY FINDS EDDIE RAY ROUTH GUILTY!
Tonight, it took an Erath County, Texas jury less than 2 1/2 hours of deliberation to find Eddie Ray Routh guilty of the murder of American sniper, Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. The verdict came in at around 9:20 p.m. local time (10:20 p.m. E.T.) at a Stephenville, Texas courthouse. Routh will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Chad Littlefield’s brother-in-law, Jerry Richardson, said of Routh after the sentence was handed down (VIDEO), “You took the lives of two heroes, men that tried to be a friend to you. You became an American disgrace.”
Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine and Iraq War vet struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, was found guilty of capital murder Tuesday night in the shooting deaths of American Sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Routh stared straight ahead at the judge’s bench as Judge Jason Cashon read the verdict. The jury of 10 women and two men took just over two hours to convict Routh, 27, in the murder of Kyle, 38, and Littlefield, 35, at an upscale shooting range near Fort Worth on Feb. 2, 2013.
Immediately after the verdict was read, Cashon condemned Routh to life in prison in the Texas criminal justice system without possibility for parole. Routh could appeal the verdict.
“We have waited two years for God to give [us] justice on behalf of our son,” Littlefield’s mother, Judy, told reporters outside the courthouse. “And as always, God has proven to be faithful, and we’re so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight.”
Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya, was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Earlier in the day, she had stormed out of the courtroom in the middle of the defense’s closing arguments, whispering an expletive and slamming her hand on the wall as she walked out the door. At the time, attorneys were discussing how useful it would have been for Routh’s mother to have told Chris Kyle about her son’s history of violence.
God Bless Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, May they rest in Eternal Peace