(DALLAS) — The ninth and possibly last day of the “American Sniper” trial began Tuesday morning with testimony from a crime scene analyst who said evidence suggested famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle had no idea he was about to be shot.
Howard Ryan re-created the 2013 crime scene and determined that Kyle was “definitely not facing the shooter” and “absolutely never saw this coming.”
Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot dead by Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine, at a Texas gun range in February 2013. Routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Ryan said that his analysis of the blood patterns and the crime scene indicates that Littlefield was killed first by being shot in the head while he was on his knees, and Kyle was killed second. Both men were killed quickly and at close range, he said.
Ryan is one of the final rebuttal witnesses that will take the stand before lawyers on both sides make their closing arguments.
Routh’s defense team has argued that the former Marine was in the grips of psychosis and did not know that what he was doing was wrong when he killed the two men.
State prosecutors contend Routh was sane and should be found guilty of the two murders. If found guilty, 25-year-old Routh faces life in prison.
Kyle’s confirmed kills in Iraq earned him the distinction of being the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. His autobiography is the basis for the movie American Sniper.
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