Texas Jury Reaches Guilty Verdict in Chris Kyle Trial

A guilty verdict was reached on the Eddie Ray Routh trial yesterday, Feb. 24.

Routh, charged with the shooting of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, received a life sentence without parole. Kyle was the author of the memoir “American Sniper,” which the Hollywood film of the same name was based on as well.

By Texas Standard StaffFebruary 25, 2015 10:04 am

Routh shot both men during a shooting trip to Rough Creek Lodge in Iredell, Texas, two years ago. Routh’s mother had asked Kyle and Littlefield to help his son, whose family claimed was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

After the verdict was made, Littlefield’s mother, Judy Littlefield, said at the news conference outside the courthouse, “We’re so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight.”

She said that her family had waited since the shooting for God to show justice, and “He was faithful”.

KERA reporter Doualy Xaykaothao covered the trial in Stephenville.  Read more about it at KERA news and Xaykaothoa’s tweets below.

This story was prepared with assistance by Brenda Lau and Rachel Phua.