STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Escorted by a procession of law enforcement officials, Eddie Routh, the man accused of gunning down Midlothian residents Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield in February made his first official court appearance Tuesday.
Wearing a black and white striped jail suit, short haircut and beard, Routh pleaded not guilty to capital murder during an arraignment in the 266th Judicial District Court. He is being represented by Stephenville attorney Shay Isham and Warren St. John of Fort Worth.
Because of safety concerns, the arraignment was originally scheduled to take place at Erath County Jail so Routh would not have to be transported, but was changed to the courtroom when it was discovered the jail had some technical difficulties Tuesday morning, according to District Attorney Alan Nash.
Routh is accused of shooting and killing Kyle and Littlefield at a gun range at Rough Creek Lodge on Feb. 2.
Routh is believed to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and was at the gun range with Kyle for a form of shooting therapy.
It is not clear why Routh turned the gun on the two men.
After the shootings, Routh fled the scene in Kyle’s truck. He was arrested a short time later. He is being held on a $3 million bond at the Erath County Jail.
A pre-trial hearing will be held Sept. 16. The trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 21, but Nash and Isham both said that date could change.