Sniper Suspect Left Hospital 2 Days Before Shooting
Routh lawyer wants psychiatric exam
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2013 2:31 AM CST
Eddie Ray Routh, who was charged with killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range southwest of Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Erath County Sheriff's Office, File)

(Newser) – Despite family opposition, Eddie Ray Routh was released from the hospital two days before the shootings of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield, a lawyer for Routh says. Routh's court-appointed legal team wants a psychiatric exam for the suspect to see if he's capable of standing trial, the AP reports. "There are just so many mental health issues associated with this case," says one of the lawyers.

Routh is on medication but wouldn't take it yesterday, a sheriff says. "His mood apparently changes quite a bit." Routh's sister told officials he'd confessed to the killings; he reportedly said he was "going to get their souls before they took his," a search warrant affidavit says. Routh became a Marine in 2006 and a corporal in 2010. He's currently being held on $3 million bond.

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Feb 7, 2013 10:25 AM CST
If the family's opposition to Eddie Ray's release was soooo strong, why didn't they get an attorney and move for an involuntary confinement? It's not hard, it just takes persistence and determination. How did ER come to have a gun? Doctors aren't nannies. Their options are highly proscribed. ER's family apparently didn't follow through on their fears and are seemingly prepared to put blame on anyone else.
Feb 7, 2013 8:46 AM CST
These psychiatrists need to be held responsible for murder. It is their job to make sure that mentally ill patients remain in custody. I'm tired of seeing their actions result in the death of others and then they aren't punished for their actions and malpractice.
Feb 7, 2013 8:36 AM CST
ahhh damn let out with family members opossing the decision ,and someone put a gun in his hands 2 days later ? im sorry but thats just stupid there are limits to trust and the reigns should be pulled in for that type of damage