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Former Marine Accused Of Killing Famed SEAL Sniper Was Stationed at Lejeune

A Texas sheriff says a former Marine charged with killing a former Navy SEAL and his friend was shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell after becoming aggressive.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh is on suicide watch. Routh was a corporal and was stationed at Camp Lejeune during part of his enlistment as a Marine.

Bryant says Routh also appeared ready to assault jailers Sunday night when they entered Routh's solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray. Bryant says after using the stun gun once, jailers put Routh in a chair that restrains his arms and legs.

Routh is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday.

The Pentagon says Routh was stationed at Lejeune in 2009 as a member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. The small arms repair technician received 10 medals during his four years as a Marine, and was deployed to Iraq and Haiti during that time.

The sheriff says Routh has an attorney but hasn't met with him.


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The 25-year-old man charged with murdering former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend at a Texas gun range was an Iraq war veteran.

The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Eddie Ray Routh was in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Routh is charged with two counts of capital murder. He's accused of killing 38-year-old Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range Saturday evening.

Officer Kyle Roberts at the Erath County Jail said Routh is being held on $3 million bond. Roberts did not have information on information on whether Routh had a lawyer. No one answered the door at Routh's home.


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