American Sniper Trial Verdict

Jury reaches guilty verdict in American Sniper murder trial

Jury reaches guilty verdict in American Sniper murder trial

Chris Kyle
It took a jury just over two hours to reach a verdict in the shooting of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. Policymic.com

After little more than two hours' of deliberation, a jury found Eddie Ray Routh, 27, guilty of capital murder in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

The verdict came in just after 9 pm in the court of Erath County Judge Jason Cashon, who sentenced Routh to life without possibility of parole.

Routh, a former Marine, shot Kyle and Littlefield during a trip to an outdoor shooting range on February 2, 2013. After the crime, he confessed to the police that he "had to kill men today."

The prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. The jury, comprised of 10 women and two men, heard nine days of testimony from witnesses including Kyle's widow Taya and mother.

Routh pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, and a doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital diagnosed him with PTSD. But the jury determined that it was not the cause of the murders.

Kyle, a former Navy Seal, was the subject of a movie and book, American Sniper.