Jury selection complete in ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s murder trialPosted by Lawrence Lease on February 10, 2015
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Lawyers in the trial of the murder of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle have finally selected its jury on Monday. Lawyers estimated no more than two dozen people were dismissed from service because of publicity about the case.
The jury is made up of 10 women and two men who will decide the fate of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with capital murder in the deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield. Prosecutors say Kyle and Littlefield were attempting to help Routh when Routh shot them at a Texas gun range in 2013.
The film by Clint Eastwood, ‘American Sniper’ based on Kyle’s legacy as a heroic sniper who spent four tours in Iraq has earned nearly $300 million at the box office. As a result of the attention garnered by the Kyle case, the court brought in four times as many jurors as they normally do for regular cases. However, it only took one day to select the final jury.
Despite the depiction of Kyle’s funeral in the film, the jury was only asked if they could put aside what they had already heard. Routh’s attorneys plan to pursue an insanity defense. Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.
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