Timeline: Eddie Ray Routh’s ‘bad acts’

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Eddie Ray Routh, center, follows his attorney J. Warren St. John into court for a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)

ERATH COUNTY, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors seeking a capital murder conviction for the deaths of the former Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie “American Sniper” and his friend filed documents Tuesday outlining “bad acts” and other offenses allegedly committed by Eddie Ray Routh that they may want to share with the jury. The judge ruled he would decide what to allow on a case-by-case basis. Here are some of the incidents included in the documents:

  • From about 2000 through 2006 – Routh killed small animals and expressed an interest in watching them die, making statements that he “liked to hear them take their last breath.”
  • Around Jan. 2 or 3, 2012 – Routh was arrested for driving while intoxicated, convicted and served a short sentence. His driver’s license was suspended.
  • Sept. 2, 2012 – Routh was drinking and smoking marijuana at a family gathering when he got into an argument with his father. A physical altercation ensued and Routh threatened family members and threatened to kill himself. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital.
  • Jan. 19, 2013 – Routh held his girlfriend and her roommate hostage at their apartment, threatening them with a knife and sword. Routh was taken to a psychiatric hospital.
  • Around Feb. 2, 2013 – Routh made threats against officers who transported him to Erath County Jail following the shootings. The defendant was smoking and drinking alcohol the morning of the shootings, Feb. 2, 2013, and had again threatened his girlfriend with a knife.
  • June 2013 – Routh flooded his cell, pulled TV and phone cords out of the wall and put his mattress in the shower. He also told a jail officer he was “trying to be good, but being an ass is more fun” and expressed a wish to get out and kill other people.

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