Guilty Verdict in Eddie Routh Trial

From IJ Review:

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Routh, a former Marine, will face spending the remainder of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Texas jurors unanimously convicted Routh after nearly two hours of deliberation. The defense argued that Routh was insane, but was unsuccessful in their attempt.

During the trial, forensic psychologist Dr. Randall Price said:

“Routh did know what he was doing was wrong, and he did it anyway.”

On Feb. 2, 2013, Routh murdered both Kyle and Littlefield at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas, to which he later confessed after being apprehended.

Chris Kyle, one of the murder victims, was the subject of the wildly successful film, American Sniper, which grossed over $300 million. Kyle was a highly distinguished Navy SEAL who had recorded over 160 confirmed kills as a sniper during the Iraq War.

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Texas got it right.

~Kathy

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19 Responses to Guilty Verdict in Eddie Routh Trial

  1. Hardnox says:

    Sort of…
    The death penalty would have been better. Now Texans will pay for his sorry ass for the next 50 years as his brain is studied by lefty psychologists.

    • Crawfish says:

      No death penalty because he does have diagnosed mental issues.
      Just put him in general population and, like Dahmer, justice will be done.

  2. Crawfish says:

    Now watch for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science to commission a movie celebrating the life and accomplishments of Eddie Ray Routh, and the incredible miscarriage of justice that sent that hero of the left to prison. It will sweep the Oscars in 2017.

  3. Kathy says:

    Looks like it started with this Ford guy’s case. He’d been on death row since 1974, then in 1982 he started showing signs of mental illness, and didn’t understand why he was being executed and made no connection between the murder he had committed and his death sentence, Ford’s counsel invoked Florida’s procedures for determining a condemned prisoner’s competency.

    That brought on more hearings and eventually the new law.

    “Insanity or mental incompetency is a severe form of mental illness and is addressed separately by the legal system. Inmates who are insane, that is, so out of touch with reality that they do not know right from wrong and cannot understand their punishment or the purpose of it, are exempt from execution. The Supreme Court held in Ford v. Wainwright (477 U.S. 399 (1986)) that executing the insane is unconstitutional. However, if an inmate’s mental competency has been restored, he or she can then be executed. Inmates who are intellectually disabled (mentally retarded) also cannot be executed. Inmates who are mentally ill, but not insane, have no such exemption.”

    It’s confusing, but I think the court would have been required to determine the degree of insanity for Routh in order to pursue the death penalty.

    http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/mental-illness-and-death-penalty
    http://www.capitalpunishmentincontext.org/node/77466 (the Ford case details)

  4. Clyde says:

    Well, at least he didn’t get a mistrial, or a not guilty. Too bad y’all have to pay for the miserable sot’s life as long as he lives. Hopefully, about two weeks after he’s out in G.P.

  5. BrianR says:

    What cracked me up about this story when I first read it was that the jury deliberations lasted all of TWO HOURS!

    That’s just frankly hilarious.

    I guess his insanity defense didn’t float too well.

    • Crawfish says:

      And in that time, they elected a foreman AND took their dinner break!

    • Kathy says:

      That cracked me up too, Brian. The conservative sites reported it as ‘only taking two hours’ whereas the lefty media reported it as ‘they deliberated for two hours before they could reach a verdict’.

      His insanity defense went out the window once he stated he knew what he did and that it was wrong.

      • BrianR says:

        His insanity defense went out the window when he pulled that crap in Texas.

        If he’d been out here in Commiefornia, he’d have had a bunch of weeping wusses throwing him bouquets.

  6. captbogus2 says:

    Yeah. Last time I checked it was about $35,000 a year.

  7. vonMesser says:

    No death penalty. Texas would spend mega-millions in defending appeals. Just into the lockup, and see how long he lasts. Except for the Mexicans and Islamists in prison, most of them are still Americans. And think of the “prison cred” one could get for shivving the guy who killed the American Sniper”.

  8. Uriel says:

    Unfortunately PTSD is a reality fpund not just in military but many stressful situations. However I have a question, if that is used as a defense why would someone who had a major break with reality from a tour of duty not be diagnosed in the service prior to release and be held in a military facility for determination and treatment first which might include years of assistance or better yet be tested prior to signing up for service and removed from list of candidates? My thought is many would be unacceptable which is why they don’t. They are looking for weapons, what better weapon would they have than one who snaps and goes rampant in the field. Yet they continue their unrestricted release of of these soldiers back into homes with little attention to those who really need their help. It is both irresponsible and inhumane shirking of duty when the policy is to create the very thing which will cause otherwise responsible and loving people to snap. War is hell is absolutely true but so too is irresponsible military activities.

    • Crawfish says:

      Uriel,
      the PTSD claim was discounted when it was revealed that he never left the base in Iraq, and was never under fire.

  9. CW says:

    From the coverage of the trial I wasn’t able to form an opinion as to whether or not this guy is insane. I hope the jury got it right.

    I have to say that I had a problem with the standard of “knows right from wrong.” A schizophrenic might know that killing someone is against the law and yet still believe, because of his state of paranoia, that he is doing the right thing by protecting himself regardless of the law. That is the nature of such an illness. From what I understand Routh didn’t say that fear was the reason he killed Kyle and Littlefield, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t insane nonetheless.

    If he’s not insane and just has some sort of bizarre (VERY bizarre) anger problem that was exacerbated by drugs, then he’s headed to where he deserves to go. In fact, if that’s the case I don’t understand why he didn’t get the death penalty. But if questions about his sanity were the reason for sparing him from the death penalty, then it is shameful to put such a person in with the general prison population, and something is very wrong with our justice system.

    As I said, I hope the jury got it right.

  10. Kathy says:

    CW and Uriel, and anyone else interested, here’s a link to a piece that will give you some insight into his level of insanity and some background on him and how he ended up in the military. Note the picture of him and the accompanying attitude.

    http://warfighternews.com/tag/death-penalty/

    My apologies…it is rather lengthy and there’s a couple of F-bombs, but it’s worth the time to read.

    • CW says:

      Thanks for that information, Kathy. After reading the history that was put together in that article I think it’s quite clear that Routh suffers from schizophrenia, and IMO that makes this verdict a travesty of justice. According to the article:

      “Routh told Gaines and his sister, Laura, that he and two other people “were out shooting target practice and he couldn’t trust them so he killed them before they could kill him.” He asked them if the world was freezing over, then announced that he had a new truck.”

      Also: “Laura Blevins told police her brother seemed “out of his mind saying people were sucking his soul and that he could smell the pigs. He said he was going to get their souls before they took his.”

      Either he is a fantastic actor trying to set the stage for an insanity defense so that he could kill Kyle and Littlefield for who-knows-what reason, or he’s schizophrenic. I know which one makes more sense to me. This episode was preceded by a long history of progressively paranoid and psychotic behaviors, according to those who worked with him, which further supports the possibility of schizophrenia.

      All of this leads me to more seriously question the subjective standard of knowing “right from wrong” as being the test for insanity, as well as the questionable practice (IMO) of having someone’s mental state determined by a jury where the state has a vested interest in proving that someone is not insane and can extend the resources to hire someone to argue this in court. When someone’s entire future is at stake and when the safety of the public is at stake the persons evaluating a defendant’s mental state should be impartial. I am extremely troubled by this.

      • Kathy says:

        Glad you read it CW, the piece gives you a lot more insight into his mindset. Agreed he was schizophrenic, but it seemed to me that he had enough spells of clarity to know what he did and to know it was wrong. It’s as if he could turn it off and on, and clearly the man should never have been in the military.

        Something we have to remember is that the jury didn’t have access to this information, unless they just happened to read it earlier out of curiosity. And since we weren’t there, we can’t know how each side presented his mental state.

        Granted our system is flawed, and determining sanity and it’s complications is a huge gray area that is still not completely understood, but it’s all we have.