STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in the trial of a former Marine charged with killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man.
Eddie Ray Routh is accused of killing the former Navy SEAL and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield at a rural shooting range in February 2013. Before resting, prosecutors played a recorded phone call between Routh and a reporter from The New Yorker magazine in which Routh talks about the events, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“I had to take care of business. I took care of business, and then I got in the truck and left,” Routh said in the call.
Routh, whose attorneys are mounting an insanity defense, has pleaded not guilty. The trial has drawn intense interest, partly because of an Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle’s memoir.
Kyle and Littlefield were taking Routh on the outing at the request of the troubled veteran’s mother.
Routh also said he was annoyed Littlefield wasn’t shooting.
“Are you gonna shoot? Are you gonna shoot? It’s a shooting sport. You shoot,” Routh said in the phone call. “That’s what got me all riled up.”
Here is a look at key points in the case: