Jury selection begins for trial over 'American Sniper' death

Feb 9, 2015 5:04 PM by News Staff

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge says he expects to soon have a jury seated for the trial of the man accused of killing a former Navy SEAL depicted in "American Sniper."

Attorneys were meeting Monday afternoon after a day of polling prospective jurors for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield.

State District Judge Jason Cashon said he expected to have a jury selected by Monday night.

Routh's trial starts while the movie based on Kyle's memoir remains in theaters and makes millions.

Officials in Erath County have taken extra steps to try to ensure a fair jury. The clerk sent out four times as many summonses as for a regular trial.

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