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'American Sniper' convict moved to prison psychiatric center

Man convicted in 'American Sniper' slayings moved to Texas prison psychiatric hospital

This March 6, 2015 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine found guilty in the shooting de...

American Sniper Trial

This March 6, 2015 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine found guilty in the shooting de...

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) -- A former Marine sentenced to life without parole for the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield has been moved to a psychiatric prison for evaluation.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Eddie Ray Routh was transferred Monday from a prison near Abilene where he underwent initial screening about 300 miles (500 kilometers) to a prison outside Houston with more extensive medical facilities.

Clark said Thursday it's not been determined if Routh will remain at the Jester Unit prison.

Jurors last month rejected Routh's insanity defense and convicted him of capital murder for the 2013 deaths of Kyle and Littlefield. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.

The case drew extra attention due to the film based on Kyle's memoir.


Updated : 2021-09-21 18:38 GMT+08:00