Routh convicted in deaths of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield

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A former Marine has been convicted in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend at a shooting range.

Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday against Eddie Ray Routh, whose attorneys had mounted an insanity defense and said he suffered from psychosis. Since prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of the famed Navy SEAL and Chad Littlefield.

The men had taken Routh out shooting in February 2013 after Routh's mother asked Kyle to help him. Family members say Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and in Haiti.

The case drew intense interest, largely because of the blockbuster film based on Kyle's memoir about his four Iraq tours.

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The Stephenville Police Department says jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of the ex-Marine charged in the killing of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man.

Eddie Ray Routh is charged in the February 2013 slayings at a Texas shooting range. His attorneys have mounted an insanity defense.

The jury's verdict was going to be announced Tuesday night.

Prosecutors say that whatever episodes Routh suffers are self-induced through alcohol and marijuana abuse and that he should still be held accountable.

The trial has drawn extra attention because of Kyle's memoir and the blockbuster film it inspired.

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A Texas jury has begun deliberations in the capital murder trial of a former Marine in the fatal shooting of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and a friend of Kyle's.

State District Judge Jason Cashon turned the case over to the Erath County jury Tuesday evening after about three hours of closing arguments.

There was no indication how long jurors would be asked to deliberate Tuesday evening.

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