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Sunday 17 December 2017

Prosecution rests sniper trial case

Former US Marine Eddie Ray Routh returns from a break during his murder trial over the death of American Sniper writer Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield (AP/Star-Telegram)
Former US Marine Eddie Ray Routh returns from a break during his murder trial over the death of American Sniper writer Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield (AP/Star-Telegram)

Prosecutors in the trial of the former Marine accused over the fatal shootings of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and his friend are expected to rest their case today.

Eddie Ray Routh has confessed to the February 2013 killings but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defence lawyers say Routh was insane when Mr Kyle and Chad Littlefield took him to a shooting range to provide support and camaraderie.

Prosecutors say he knew his actions were wrong and should be convicted of capital murder. They are not seeking the death penalty.

In a video confession shown to jurors at the court in Stephenville, Texas, yesterday, 27-year-old Routh told Texas Ranger Danny Briley that he shot Mr Kyle first and added: "I'm just sorry for what I've done."

Ranger Briley gave evidence yesterday that Routh said he knew his actions were wrong.

Press Association

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