Trial date set for veteran accused of killing Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield

Eddie Ray Routh in his Erath County mugshot

Eddie Ray Routh in his Erath County mugshot

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

 A trial date has been set for May 5 in the capital murder case against Eddie Ray Routh, the veteran accused of killing military sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at Rough Creek Lodge last February.

A pre-trial hearing also has been scheduled for next month, Feb. 18, in District Judge Jason Cashon’s court.

More than 40 pre-trail motions have been filed in the case, according to court records obtained by the Current.  See the list at http://www.texasonlinerecords.com/clerk/search.xhtml (you will have to register and set up a user name and password to view the records online).

Routh, 26, is being held in the Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond. He was indicted last July and entered a plea of not guilty.

Photo by Kathryn Jones

Photo by Kathryn Jones

His court-appointed attorneys are expected to base their defense on Routh’s mental state. He had been diagnosed with and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder before the shootings.

Law enforcement authorities said Routh shot Kyle and Littlefield at close range with a semi-automatic handgun and then fled in Kyle’s pickup truck. Kyle and Littlefield had been trying to help Routh cope with his post-combat stress and had taken him to the shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge west of Glen Rose, authorities said.

Routh was apprehended several hours after the shooting. He drove to his sister’s home in Midlothian and confessed to the shootings, according to an arrest affidavit. She then called police.

Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history and author of the best-seller American Sniper, and Littlefield both left behind wives and young children.

Routh has undergone psychological evaluation while in jail. He is on medication, although authorities will not say what kind, and has been on suicide watch.

The judge issued a gag order, so attorneys won’t talk about the case. Portions of the case record also have been sealed.

 

One Response to Trial date set for veteran accused of killing Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield

  1. Gilbert R. Switzer Reply

    December 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I have always been surprised that Chris Kyle was so open about his abilities as a sniper. I smell a rat; I smell a set up; I will be surprised if Eddie Ray Routh ever goes to trial. GRS

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