The ex-Marine charged with shooting American Sniper author Chris Kyle and another man was not legally insane, a prosecution expert said, suggesting the man may have gotten some of his ideas from the television show Seinfeld.
Prosecutors called rebuttal witnesses yesterday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh’s attorneys, who are pursuing an insanity defence, rested their case on Thursday.
Dr Randall Price, a forensic psychologist, testified that Routh had a paranoid disorder made worse by use of alcohol and marijuana.
“In my opinion, he did know what he was doing was wrong, and he did it anyway,” Price said.
A defence witness, Dr Mitchell H Dunn, said Routh had schizophrenia and showed signs of the illness for as long as two years before the February 2013 shootings. Dunn said Routh described seeing neighbours and friends as turning into pig-human hybrids.
Price argued Routh may have gotten the idea from Seinfeld or the TV show Boss Hog. He said Routh’s actions do not meet the legal definition of insanity under state criminal law.
The 27-year-old Routh faces mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder.