News media are reporting that shortly before he was shot to death by a troubled former Marine at a Texas gun range, legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle texted a buddy, "This dude is straight-up nuts," a defense attorney told jurors Wednesday.
A lawyer for Eddie Ray Routh said in opening statements of the man's murder trial that Routh's insanity was so evident that Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield exchanged texts expressing alarm as the three rode together in February 2013 to a Texas shooting range.
"He's (sitting) right behind me, watch my six," Littlefield texted back, using a military reference for watching one's back.
This is really disturbing and depressing. It has always bothered me that Kyle went through almost four years of hell, any minute of which he could have been maimed or killed, then came home only to get bushwhacked by a nut job. Why in the world did he let his guard down? Seals, special operators and cops constantly train to keep their situational awareness keen.
There are also reports that the creep who murdered him had been drinking and smoking dope that morning. Didn't Kyle smell it, or see the dilated eyes? All I can think is that he bought into the myth that anyone who wears a uniform is a hero, or at least not a criminal or psycho.
And so far, I don't see any evidence that the killer was legally insane. He knew enough to steal the truck, confess to his sister, then go on a high speed chase from the cops. He told one of the cops that he was insane. Most truly insane people think they're perfectly sane.