Why Did VA Hospital Release Chris Kyle's Killer?
New information is coming out about the man who fatally shot Chris Kyle, including questions about why Marine veteran Eddie Ray Routh was released from a VA hospital a week before the murders.
It was determined by doctors that Routh was schizophrenic, suffering from PTSD and that he represented a danger to himself and others. Routh's mother did not agree with her son being released.
Routh's attorney, Tim Moore, said at the murder trial Wednesday that Routh was in the "grip of psychosis" when he shot Kyle and the decorated sniper's friend, Chad Littlefield, at a Texas gun range two years ago.
He said his client had undergone psychiatric treatment at both the Green Oaks Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Dallas.
It was determined on Jan. 19, 2013 — just a couple weeks before the shooting — that he could pose a danger to others, but the VA hospital released him on Jan. 25 with anti-psychotic medicine, Moore said.
Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash told the jury that Kyle was shot five times in the back and side and once in the side of the head with a powerful .45-caliber pistol.
Littlefield was shot four times in the back, once in the hand and once in the head with Kyle’s 9mm Sig Sauer pistol, which had a Navy anchor engraved on it and was later found, reloaded, with Routh when he was arrested, Nash said.
Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. weighed in this morning on "Fox and Friends," saying the case is an example of of the "VA doing too little for too many veterans."
Johnson called the text messages between Kyle and Littlefield a "dramatic" piece of evidence in the case.
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Johnson explained that the burden of proof is on the defense to show that Routh was so mentally ill that he did not know right from wrong.
The prosecution argues that Routh did know right from wrong, since he fled the scene in Kyle's truck and told his sister he was going to flee to Oklahoma.
Watch Johnson's full analysis above.