STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of gunning down two men at Rough Creek Lodge, has been indicted by an Erath County grand jury.
The grand jury found sufficient evidence to indict Routh, 25, for capital murder. He allegedly shot and killed “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at the Glen Rose area hunting lodge on Feb. 2. Both Kyle and Littlefield were residents of Midlothian.
While District Attorney Alan Nash has not said if he intends to seek the death penalty, it’s an option in the double homicide. Law states if a guilty verdict is reached in the case, Routh will spend life in prison without parole if he is not sentenced to death.
District Judge Jason Cashon - presiding over the 266th Judicial District Court - has signed a protective order, restricting the flow of information from law enforcement officials, prosecution and Routh’s defense team to the media.
Routh is being represented by Stephenville attorney Shay Isham and Fort Wort attorney Warren St. John, who is known for defending death penalty suspects.
Following Routh’s arrest, Isham said Routh - a military veteran - sought treatment at a V.A. Hospital shortly before the incident.
Kyle was a former Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq. He was dedicated to helping veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.
Jodi Routh, the suspect’s mother, had reportedly sought Kyle’s help for her son, who was suffering mental health issues.
Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to the gun range for therapeutic target practice when Routh allegedly shot and killed them both.
Routh is being held on a $3 million bond at Erath County Jail.