STEPHENVILLE, Texas (MEDIA GENERAL/AP) – Closing arguments are expected soon in the trial made famous by the movie “American Sniper.” If you haven’t followed the day-to-day trial, here’s what you should know.
Who is on trial
Ex-Marine, Eddie Ray Routh, is charged with killing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a shooting range two years ago.
Kyle was shot six times. Littlefield was shot seven times. Both Kyle and Littlefield had loaded guns in holsters in their waistbands, but according to an expert who testified during the trial, it didn’t appear they were ever able to remove them from their holsters.
What might happen to the suspect
Routh is facing a capital murder charge, but not the death penalty. Since, prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, Routh faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.
Routh’s attorneys have mounted an insanity defense. They argue he was psychotic at the time and didn’t know right from wrong.
The trial has drawn worldwide attention because of Chris Kyle’s memoir and the blockbuster movie it inspired, “American Sniper.”