Jury Selection Begins for Chris Kyle “American Sniper” Murder Trial

Posted February 5, 2015 at 8:51am

Tribune News Service reports that “court staff is preparing for the first day of jury selection here Thursday in the trial of the man accused of killing Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle — a task legal experts said is complicated by Kyle’s fame.”  

“Kyle, 38, became one of the country’s most lethal snipers during four tours of duty in Iraq, writing a book about his experiences afterward that was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Bradley Cooper that’s still in theaters.”  

“The sniper was gunned down two years ago Monday during target practice at an outdoor range near here with friend Chad Littlefield, 35. The two had taken a troubled veteran with them who now stands accused of their double murder: Eddie Ray Routh.”  

“Routh, 27, is being held at Erath County Jail on two counts of murder and one count of capital murder in lieu of $3 million bail.”