Last month, a jury convicted 27-year-old Marine Corps veteran Eddie Ray Routh in the shooting deaths of former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle — the inspiration behind the movie American Sniper
— and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, at a Texas shooting range in 2013. Routh admitted to killing the men, but his lawyers argued that he suffered from severe mental problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after returning home from service — and even received psychiatric treatment a week before the shootings.
In an exclusive interview, Routh’s parents, Jodi and Raymond, open up to Dr. Phil about their son. What was he like as a child? And, when do they say they noticed a change in his behavior? Jodi admits she reached out to Chris, who volunteered to work with veterans suffering from PTSD, and asked him to help her son. Does she have any regrets?
Plus, hear from Routh’s sister, Laura, who says she was the first person her brother confessed to on that fateful day. Did she ever suspect he was capable of such a horrific act?
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An American Tragedy
The story of Chris Kyle — reportedly the deadliest sniper in American history — became a novel and, later, a record-breaking blockbuster movie, American Sniper
. After four tours of duty in Iraq, Chris returned home safe and sound — but in a terrible twist of fate, on February 2, 2013, the young war hero and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were fatally gunned down at a local shooting range by a troubled Marine veteran they both were trying to help.
While the movie American Sniper
played in theaters, the real-life trial of Eddie Ray Routh played out in a Texas courtroom. Routh’s attorneys said the veteran was battling PTSD and schizophrenia when he shot Chris and Chad — but a jury rejected the insanity defense and found Routh guilty. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
His attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.
In an exclusive interview, Routh’s parents, Jodi and Raymond, and his sister, Laura, speak out for the first time about the son and brother they knew — a man they say would never have committed this crime, had he gotten the help he needed.
Jodi explains what happened the day she asked Chris to help her son.
“Take me through the moment that you found out he had murdered Chad Littlefield and Chris Kyle.”
“This wasn’t my son who did this.”
“What would you say to Chris Kyle if you could talk to him right now?”
Tune in to hear from Routh’s sister, Laura, who called 911 after her brother confessed the killings to her. How does she describe her brother’s behavior that day?