Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eddie Ray Routh PTSD Claims Unravel

Prosecutors cast doubt on Routh's PTSD claim
WFAA 8 News
Jason Whitely
February 10, 2015

DALLAS — On the eve of opening statements, Erath County prosecutors revealed part of their strategy to debunk the defense's claim that Eddie Ray Routh murdered two men — including famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle — because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I think the state has a very strong case," said Demarcus Ward, an attorney and former Dallas County prosecutor who examined documents for News 8.

The prosecution's case appears to be stronger based on more than a dozen documents released by the district clerk late Tuesday.
In a brief filed with the court on Tuesday that detailed other offenses, prosecutors said Routh "lied about shooting a child in Iraq, pulling dead bodies out of the water, or piled up dead bodies in Haiti or [having] seen multiple dead babies."

The filing goes on to claim that Routh told a friend "he was making false claims to [the VA] to get benefits."

On multiple occasions, prosecutors outlined that Routh smoked marijuana and used methamphetamine for at least a decade beginning in 2003 — before his military service.
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