Man convicted of deaths of ‘American Sniper,’ friend

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memoir about his four tours in Iraq.

In this April 6, 2012 file photo, Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas. (An April 6, 2012 file photo of Chris Kyle.)

Since prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield.

>>Photos: Faces of the ‘American Sniper’ trial

Routh showed no reaction in court, even when family members of Littlefield addressed him.

“We’re so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight,” Littlefield’s mother, Judy…

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