Eddie Routh Says He Knew Killing Chris Kyle Was ‘Wrong’ in Taped Confession

The defense of Eddie Routh in the so-called “American Sniper trial” hinges on the ability of his attorneys to convince a jury he did not know it was “wrong” to shoot and kill former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range in 2013. But a confession video shown to jurors on Monday may complicate that strategy.

After opening arguments, the judge in the case has no longer allowed TV cameras in the courtroom, but reporters have been following the case closely. In particular, The Dallas Morning News’ Tasha Tsiaperas has been meticulously live-tweeting the proceedings. Here are some of her observations regarding the confession Routh gave to Texas Ranger Danny Briley:

According to Tsiaperas’ reporting, Routh’s attorney Tim Moore cross-examined Briley about the tape after it played, and seemed to be “trying to poke holes” in the defendant’s confession.

A guilty verdict for murder or a not-guilty verdict by reason of insanity will determine whether Routh is sentenced to life in prison without parole or life in a state mental institution. Prosecutors, who are expected to rest their case as early as tomorrow, are reportedly not seeking the death penalty.

[h/t TheBlaze]
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