Arrest affidavit says suspect ‘traded his soul’ for Kyle’s truck

By Kathryn Jones


The man arrested for killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield told his sister that he “traded his soul” for Kyle’s pickup truck.

The statement is part of the arrest affidavit for Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran who has been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Kyle and Chadfield. It also is the first indication of a possible motive in the killings.

See the Arrest affidavit posted online by WFAA-TV late today.

The shootings took place Saturday afternoon at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range outside Glen Rose. Routh fled in Kyle’s black pickup truck.

According to the affidavit, after the shooting Routh drove Kyle’s truck to the home of his sister, Laura Blevins, in  Midlothian. He then told the couple told  that he had “traded his soul for a new truck.”

He then left their home and drove the truck to his residence in Lancaster, where authorities arrested him later after the Blevinses alerted local authorities. Routh told the Blevinses that he “wanted to get to Oklahoma” to avoid Texas law enforcement.

Kyle’s truck, according to the affidavit, had “big knobby tires and a black toolbox.” Authorities said it also had a skull sticker on the back window.

The affidavit said Kyle and Littlefield suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Numerous firearms were found at the scene, including semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns and revolvers.

A Rough Creek Lodge employee, Justin Nabours, went to the shooting range and found Kyle and Littlefield “lying on the ground, covered in blood.” Nabours radioed for help and called law enforcement, according to the affidavit. he then began performing CPR on the victims until an ambulance arrived.

Authorities found a semi-automatic handgun at Routh’s resident when they executed a search warrant, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant told reporters at a news conference in Stephenville on Sunday.

Routh has been charged with capital murder and remains in the Erath County jail on a $3 million bond.



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