Fox News is reporting that former Erath County sheriff’s deputy Gene Cole, a key witness for the prosecution of Eddie Ray Routh, said that during June of 2013, he overheard Routh say the following in his jail cell:
“I shot them because they wouldn’t talk to me. I was just riding in the back seat of the truck, and no one would talk to me. They were just taking me to the range, so I shot them. I feel bad about it, but they just wouldn’t talk to me. I’m sure they forgive me.”
According to Fox, Routh’s defense attorney argued that Routh’s alleged PTSD, and the fact that he was taking anti-psychotic medication–which was found while searching Routh’s home–makes Routh not guilty by reason of insanity.
Correspondent Will Carr spoke from outside the courthouse and indicated that an insanity plea may have some foundation:
“His family has said that a week before the shooting, Routh was diagnosed at a mental institution as potentially being harmful to others, but was only given medication, and released. But the real bombshell was that quote…made by Routh…that was the last thing the jury heard today, Greta, and they will have all weekend to think about that.”
But former prosecutor Katie Phang suggested otherwise regarding Routh’s quote:
“…the fact that he now actually has a reason for why he shot them…coupled with the fact that he took off on a high-speed police chase, wherein he never stopped until the vehicle was disabled–does this not show signs of consciousness of guilt? It does not sound like a person who’s insane–and it definitely doesn’t sound like somebody who…was at a level where he did not know the difference between right and wrong…”
Criminal defense attorney Ted Williams offered his rebuttal, saying:
“When the law enforcement officers caught up with him–and yes he did run–but the question is: was he running because he was guilty? Or was he running because he still felt these demons were behind him?”
It’s still to be determined whether Routh’s statement was an indication of mental instability when he shot and killed Kyle and Littlefield, or if it was an indication of conscious guilt.
—Courtesy of IJ Review