Sunday 19 November 2017

'American Sniper' trial resumes

Eddie Ray Routh is on trial for the murder of former Navy Seal Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)
Eddie Ray Routh is on trial for the murder of former Navy Seal Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)

The trial of an ex-marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man has resumed after a day's delay due to the weather.

Prosecutors continued their rebuttal in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, as a forensics expert from New Jersey testified about his analysis of the crime scene.

Howard J Ryan noted the six gunshot wounds on Kyle were all on the right side of his body, indicating he had relatively no movement when shot. Ryan says Kyle "absolutely never saw this coming".

The trial, which has drawn extra attention because of Kyle's memoir and the blockbuster film it inspired, was not held on Monday due to icy conditions.

Court officials say closing arguments could begin as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Press Association

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