STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities searching the home of the man suspected of killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle found marijuana, a nearly empty bottle of whiskey and a drug commonly used to treat schizophrenia.
A Texas Ranger testified Friday at Eddie Ray Routh’s murder trial that authorities found the items in the hours after the bodies of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were found at a rural shooting range.
Routh’s attorneys have been pursuing an insanity defense, saying the ex-Marine was suffering from mental illness. The prosecution says Routh was numbed by marijuana and whiskey at the time of the shootings and should be held accountable.
The case has drawn intense interest, largely because of the Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle’s memoir that details his four tours in Iraq.
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