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‘American Sniper’ trial delayed because of weather

February 24, 2015

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Inclement weather has delayed the murder trial of the ex-Marine charged with killing famed Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

Prosecutors were to continue Monday their rebuttal against the defense of Eddie Ray Routh, but icy conditions forced a postponement. The trial is now scheduled to resume Tuesday, weather permitting.

Routh’s attorneys presented their case last week, arguing he was legally insane when he shot Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield two years ago. Prosecutors then called two mental health experts who argued that while Routh used alcohol and marijuana, he was legally responsible.

The jury could receive the case later this week.

Routh faces life in prison without parole if convicted of the killings, which have received extra attention due to the popular film based on Kyle’s memoir.

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