Expert testifies ‘American Sniper’ killer faked insanity
STEPHENVILLE, Tex. — Eddie Ray Routh is accused of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Routh tried to plead insanity, but experts aren’t buying it.
Right after Routh was arrested on Feb. 2, 2013, he allegedly confessed to police that he had been feeling “paranoid” and “schizophrenic” all day.
Upon hearing that information, Dr. Michael Arambula knew something was off. “He was showing his hand already. In other words, he was trying to get out of what he had done,” Arambula testified Friday.
According to The Dallas Morning News, “Routh confessed to killing the men but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. But, he does not meet the legal criteria of insanity in the state of Texas and he knew that his actions were wrong, two medical experts testified Friday.”
“He was intoxicated at the time of the offense. Any time intoxication is present, the game is over” for the insanity defense, Arambula said.
Defense attorneys claimed that Routh was afraid that his shooting range partners were going to kill him that day, putting him on edge.
But during an interview, Routh allegedly confessed that he turned his back on Kyle and Littlefield… Something Dr. Arambula says a scared or suspicious person wouldn’t do.
Arambula thinks that Routh wasn’t expecting Littlefield to be with Kyle that day, so he shot Kyle first – knowing the former SEAL would likely fight back – and proceeded to kill Littlefield.
“That’s not psychotic thinking,” Arambula said.
While a psychiatrist testified that Routh displays traits of schizophrenia, Arambula believes it is just a mood disorder.
A mood disorder mixed with drugs and alcohol can be deadly, and “likely caused Routh to seem erratic.”
Forensic Psychologist Randall Price says “Routh was likely suffering from marijuana-induced psychosis.”
“He did know what he was doing was wrong, and he did it anyway,” Price said.
Price met with Routh a couple of times before the trial, and he believes the suspect continually lied about his mental state in the day leading up to the killings.
“Routh claimed that he thought “pig people” were taking over the world. He also said he thought his neighbors and co-workers were cannibals and wanted to eat his flesh. But, Price said, Routh was likely talking about human-pig hybrids because he has access to a television in jail and regularly watches Seinfeld.
In one Seinfeld episode, Kramer says he saw a pig man in a hospital and believes the government was genetically modifying humans.”
“He thought he was going to die if he didn’t take care of business and kill them first,” Dunn said. “If you are going to be killed, then you have the right to defend yourself. He defended himself. … I’m not saying that’s logical. It’s logical in his sense,” Mitchell Dunn said.