A book and now a very successful film, American Sniper has captured the attention of many. Chris Kyle, a former NAVY Seal author of the book and who the film is based on, is said to be the most deadly sniper in U.S. history. The family and friends of Kyle have been in the media for some time now for another reason: the trial for the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.
On February 2, 2013, Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed at a Texas gun range by Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine. He first pleaded not-guilty, but the night of the murder he had confessed to shooting the two men. Something is definitely mentally wrong with this man. He was convinced that he was in danger and that the two men were not even human.
The families of Kyle and Littlefield are relieved that finally the murderer was brought to justice. It’s a shame that a man such as Kyle went through everything that he did in Iraq and died the way he did.
Routh is said to be suffering from several mental disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A story done by CNN reviewed several statements made by Routh and they all reveal that there are perplexing things going on in this man’s mind.
Routh had three options as far as verdicts go: guilty, not guilty, or guilty by reason of insanity. Some say he knew right from wrong and that he was completely sane when he committed the crime. Others believe him to be insane.
In the end, the Jury wasn’t buying the insanity card; they found him guilty of capital murder. I think the jury was right to make the decision they did. He might have had voices in his head or some strange, preconceived notions about what the men were actually doing, but he knew exactly what he was doing. The reasons why he did it were extremely odd, but he knew he wanted to shoot and kill them.
Should Routh have been convicted guilty by reason of insanity? He definitely has some problems based on the evidence.