Trial for man accused in killing of Chris Kyle set to begin next month
(KATU.COM) ERATH COUNTY, Texas – A murder trial is set to start next month for the man accused of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the man whose life inspired the Academy Award-nominated film “American Sniper”.
Marine veteran Eddie Routh is accused of killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a Texas gun range in February 2013.
Routh’s trial is slated to start on Feb. 11, pending a jury selection.
Prosecutors will not be seeing the death penalty, according to ABC News.
“My client will plead not guilty by reason of insanity,” Routh’s attorney, J. Warren St. John said in an interview with People Magazine last week.
St. John hasn’t returned a request for comment from ABC, however in previous interviews he’s stated he is concerned about getting an impartial jury because of the recent film “American Sniper.”
“I think any case with significant publicity has an issue with picking a jury. I’ve had them in the past, and anything that has significant national attention makes it hard to pick a jury,” St. John told People Magazine.