Lawyer: ‘American Sniper’ called accused man ‘straight-up nuts’ in text

American Hero Chris Kyle murdered by Eddie Ray Routh

By Ralph Ellis, Jason Morris and Jason Hanna


STEPHENVILLE, Texas (CNN) — The trial of the man accused of killing Chris Kyle, the protagonist in the top-selling book and hit movie “American Sniper,” began Wednesday with a lawyer using Kyle’s own words to bolster an insanity defense.

Eddie Ray Routh is accused of killing Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, at a firing range at Rough Creek Lodge, about 90 miles southwest of Dallas on February 2, 2013.

In his opening statement, defense attorney Tim Moore read a text Kyle sent to Littlefield about Routh as the three men rode in Kyle’s pickup truck to the range.

“About an hour and a half into the drive, Chris Kyle was sitting in the driver’s seat and he texts Chad Littlefield sitting right next to him. He texts, ‘This dude is straight-up nuts,'” Moore said. “Chad Littlefield texts Chris Kyle back…

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