The trial for the man who shot Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL sniper, and one of his friends, Chad Littlefield, is set to begin next week. It was revealed that Texas court officials are set to begin the process of screening jurors for the high-profile trial.
The small town of Stephenville, 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth, is where the candidates are going to come for the jury selection. Once chosen, the jury will decide the case of the man who shot Chris Kyle, former Marine Eddie Ray Routh (27). Routh is also on trial for the murder of Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, two years ago at a gun range around Stephenville.
Around 500 people are expected to report in order to get information on juror qualifications and potential exemptions on Friday and Thursday. Over the course of two days four sessions will be held to accommodate all potential jurors.
Wanda Pringle, Erath County District clerk, stated that she does not know yet whether attorneys will give potential jurors a questionnaire related to the Eddie Ray Routh case.
Jury selection is set to take place on Monday and Tuesday and opening statements on Wednesday. Pringle also revealed that around 800 people were summoned, instead of the typical jury pool of 175. Around 300 have already been eliminated, including people who were mailed to the wrong address and people who are exempt from jury duty.
This current trial is expected to be a very high-profile trial that is set to garner international attention. The court has issued a list of rules related to media coverage and the police have issued information on road closures once the trial starts.
Routh struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after he left the Marines in 2010. Routh had served as a small arms tech in Iraq and was also deployed to Haiti after the earthquake ravaged the area, on a relief mission.
Chris Kyle took Routh at a luxury resort shooting range in the countryside outside Stephenville after Routh’s mother contacted Kyle and asked him if he could help her son. It was revealed by Routh’s attorney that they will be pursuing an insanity defense.
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