A former U.S. Marine acted with forethought and malice when he fatally shot Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper,” prosecutors told a Texas jury on Wednesday, February 11th.
Opening statements began in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, charged with murdering Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any U.S. sniper, as well as Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in February 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth.
A jury of 10 women and two men is hearing the case in rural Erath County.
Defense attorneys said Routh was insane at the time of the incident, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by overseas deployments. They said when he killed them, Routh was in the grip of a psychosis so severe that he did not know it was wrong.