DNA testing requested in trial of man accused of killing ex-SEAL, friend

DNA testing requested in trial of man accused of killing ex-SEAL, friend

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Defense attorneys for accused murderer Eddie Ray Routh (middle) asked for a pre-trial hearing on Mar. 7, 2014 to try to keep a long, strange, rambling confession from ever being played for a jury in trial.

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

STEPHENVILLE — There were new developments Wednesday afternoon in the case of Eddie Routh, accused killer of former SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have asked for DNA testing on certain pieces of evidence. 

A new hearing is set April 1, when the judge will determine which items should be tested. At a previous pre-trial hearing, defense attorneys filed an intent to raise an insanity defense and asked the judge to suppress Routh's long and at times bizarre confession. 

The former Marine gave a recorded interview to a Texas Ranger just hours after the murders at a gun range in Erath County. 

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