American Sniper could bias murder trial

Chris and Taya KyleThe recent success of the biopic of America’s deadliest sniper, American Sniper, has raised concerns about the trial of Chris Kyle’s killer, Eddie Ray Routh.

American Sniper follows the life of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle through his SEAL training, four tours of Iraq and his integration back into society. The film has garnered rave reviews from critics and received six Academy Award nominations.

After his retirement from service, Kyle went on to help veterans dealing with returning to society. Routh’s mother had contacted Kyle about seeing if he could help her son, who was dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Routh was later accused of murdering Kyle and a friend of his, Chad Littlefield, at a gun range owned by Kyle on February 2, 2013.

On February 11, 2015, Routh is set to stand trial for the murder of Chris Kyle, but with the film’s recent release, it remains a question as to whether the trial will be fair. Routh’s attorney J. Warren St. John is reportedly concerned, and plans to introduce new evidence to help support his client’s plea for insanity, as well as the fact that Routh was under the influence of (PTSD) at the time of Kyle’s murder.

American Sniper is currently playing and stars Bradley Cooper as the late Chris Kyle. ~Andrew Siwik

 

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  1. Mack • January 22, 2015 @ 1:14 PM

    I’m surprised by the fact that the movie COULD BE released before the trial… did his Defense try to stop that? If not, then they gotta take what comes..which, is probably going to make his defense much harder… PTSD is a REAL and Horrible condition to suffer from, but he will still have to “pay” for killing Kyle….no one should forget that, regardless of his illness.

  2. Cynthia • January 22, 2015 @ 1:30 PM

    I believe there’s an error in the article, since the Academy Awards haven’t happened yet. Should it read “received six Academy Award nominations”?

  3. Michelle • January 22, 2015 @ 3:43 PM

    It does say six Academy Award nominations, Cynthia.

  4. Chacka • January 22, 2015 @ 5:47 PM

    The more I hear about Chris Kyle, the more Eddie Ray Routh sounds like the real hero.

  5. Tess • January 22, 2015 @ 9:15 PM

    @Chacka
    And when an Islamic Jihadist comes to frag your neighbourhood, (just like New York and Boston), just for being an American infidel, who ya gonna call…Mister Rogers??? Chris Kyle may have been a flawed individual, but at least he had the guts to put his ass on the line untold times (protecting even anonymous trolls at home who hide behind their computers and have probably never raised a finger to help anyone except themselves).

  6. George • January 22, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

    Yeah, Tess, thank-you for saying what you said. I have seen the film, the man was a true American Hero. I wish I had the opportunity to shake the man’s hand. No one will ever know how many men/women came home to their families because of his service. It is truly a sad world when people like Chacka, say the type of things that person said. Shame, shame on you, Chacka. Your values or lack there of is a sad thing. In this world of armed conflict I applaud the men and women brave enough to put their lives on hold, so that we can live the lives we live.
    TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE SERVED IN ALL THE ARMED CONFLICTS, I SAY THANK-YOU. 😉

  7. Pinocchio • January 23, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

    Seriously, George, it’s always been about the oil. It has nothing to do doing things so you can keep living the life you live. Wake up.

  8. George • January 24, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

    @Pinocchio, sorry, you are so wrong and you could have googled where does America get her oil from. There you would have found out, from the Persian Gulf comes a whopping 12.9% of her oil 8.1% comes from Saudi Arabia, that leaves 4.8% to come from Iran and Iraq. So the war in the aforementioned countries Iran and Iraq is one on terrorism remember terrorists. We in the Americas, we do not need their effing oil. Get a grip and a brain, sending raspberries your way ………. dummy. 😉

  9. Piglet • January 30, 2015 @ 7:12 PM

    Thank God for men like Chris. He was an amazing man with good ideals and courage, a true hero. The world needs more people like him. We must never forget what our soldiers have sacrificed for our freedom. Routh needs to be held accountable for his actions. PTSD is not a defense for murder.

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