Appeal filed for man convicted in ‘American Sniper’ case

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh, center, appears in court on the opening day of his capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas.. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man has filed an appeal.

Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder in the 2013 deaths of Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a rural shooting range, after jurors rejected his insanity defense. Prosecutors hadn’t sought the death penalty, so Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Routh’s attorneys said after the Feb. 24 verdict they would appeal. J. Warren St. John, one of Routh’s attorneys, said the notice of appeal was filed Tuesday. St. John also filed a motion for a new trial, arguing the conviction and sentence were contrary to law and evidence.

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

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