Prosecution Expected to Rest in 'American Sniper' Trial

Prosecution Expected to Rest in 'American Sniper' Trial
Posted at 4:39 AM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-17 04:39:00-05

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to rest their case Tuesday in the trial of the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend.

Eddie Ray Routh has confessed to the February 2013 slayings but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defense attorneys say Routh was insane when Kyle and Chad Littlefield took him to a shooting range to provide support and camaraderie. Prosecutors say he knew his actions were wrong and should be convicted of capital murder. They aren't seeking the death penalty.

In a video confession shown to jurors Monday, 27-year-old Routh told Texas Ranger Danny Briley that he shot Kyle first and added, "I'm just sorry for what I've done."

Briley testified Monday that Routh said he knew his actions were wrong.