A former Marine has been arraigned on two charges of capital murder for the shooting deaths of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and another man.Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is accused of turning his weapon on Kyle, 38, and Kyle’s neighbour Chad Littlefield, 35, when they were at a shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge, Reuters reports. Kyle and Littlefield had reportedly taken Routh to the range as a part of a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder outreach and mentoring program.
Routh, described in local media reports as a former Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), was arrested at his Lancaster, Texas home several hours after the shooting, having led police on a chase in his pickup truck.
He was arraigned at the Lancaster municipal jail on Saturday on two counts of capital murder, a spokesman for the department of public safety said. The Erath County Sheriff’s Office planned a news conference later on Sunday.
Releasable information obtained by Business Insider from the Marine Corps shows that Routh left the Marines in 2010 having served one tour of duty in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and another with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. Routh also deployed in Operation Unified Response in Haiti from January to April of 2010, a month prior to his end of active service.
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