Man accused of killing SEAL sniper Chris Kyle appears in court

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 7:00 PM

STEPHENVILLE –– Eddie Ray Routh, the man indicted for killing famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, was back in court Monday for a pretrial motions hearing. 

There was tight security around the Erath County Justice Center near the Stephenville town square. A convoy of three unmarked SUVs transported the 26 year-old to and from the hearing. City police closed one road to traffic while Routh and others waited for the hearing to get underway.

The proceedings lasted fewer than 10 minutes, with J. Warren St. John, the defense attorney for Routh, saying they were still reviewing evidence handed over by prosecutors. He said during the hearing that he will likely file numerous motions in the coming days, but didn't know exactly how many.  

Prosecutor Alan Nash told the judge that the state stands ready to move forward with a trial. Neither the attorneys present nor family members in the audience commented following the hearing.

Routh is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Kyle and Littlefiield. Authorities said the murders happened in February at a shooting range in Erath County.  Routh's mother has said that Kyle was helping her son deal with post traumatic stress disorder.  

The three were at the shooting range for lessons. After the February 2 shooting, Routh was arrested in Lancaster.

His trial is tentatively set for October 21, though the judge left open the possibility that it could be postponed until late October or early November.

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