Eddie Ray Routh convicted of capital murder in ‘American Sniper’ trial

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the American Sniper author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memoir about his four tours in Iraq.

Since prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield. Read more…

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Michael Dunn Convicted of Murder in Shooting Over Loud Rap Music

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A jury found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black teenager following an argument over playing music too loudly.

Michael Dunn, 47, had told Jordan Davis, 17, and his three friends to turn down their rap music outside of a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida. When the teens refused, Dunn fired 10 shots with a handgun into their vehicle, three of which hit Davis, who later died of gunshot injuries.

Dunn invoked Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, arguing he felt threatened by Davis and was acting in self defense. The trial drew parallels to the controversial killing of Trayvon Martin, which occurred six months earlier, also in Florida Read more…

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