Competence at center of ‘American Sniper’ murder trial

Texas Ranger Michael Adcock holds a shell casing from the crime scene as he testifies during former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh’s capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Feb. 12, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Eddie Ray Routh spoke of insanity, anarchy and the apocalypse when police tried to arrest him after the shooting deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend.

Much of the dramatic evidence presented so far in Routh’s capital murder trial has outlined for jurors his actions and words on the day Kyle and Chad Littlefield were killed at a rural Texas shooting range two years ago.

Defense attorneys say Routh was insane. Prosecutors argue he knew right from wrong. He faces life without parole if convicted. Prosecutors aren’t seeking the death penalty.

The jury on Thursday saw a police video that showed officers trying to talk Routh into surrendering as he made comments that included, “Anarchy has been killing the world.”

Testimony is set to resume Friday.

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