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Vets Say Man Who Killed Chris Kyle Doesn't Suffer From PTSD

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 04:58 PM

A veterans group claims the former soldier standing trial for the slaying of "American Sniper" legend Chris Kyle doesn't suffer from PTSD, didn't see combat in Iraq, never left his ship during a humanitarian mission to Haiti — and exhibited a violent, unpredictable streak with fellow Marines, Britain's Daily Mail reports.

The assertions from the Warfighters Foundation come on the eve of the trial against Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former small arms repairman and technician in the Marine Corps who's accused of killing Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a shooting range near Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 2, 2013.

The Daily Mail also posted a slew of pictures of Routh from his Marine Corps days, along with claims from former Marines who served with him in in Iraq in 2007 and 2009, and during an earthquake relief mission to Haiti in 2010 that contradict what's believed to be the heart of his defense: that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and returned to the United States a changed man.

According to Cpl. Ryker Pawloski, who worked with Routh in Iraq, the extent of their combat experience was "getting mortared a couple of times," the Mail reports.

"Routh was never near any incoming," he told the Mail. "Where he was located on camp was safe and rather cozy."

Pawloski also said, however, he did witness an alleged violent streak, and spoke of how Routh "hated Muslims," the Mail reports.

"He talked to me about how he like liked beating them with batons and didn't sympathize with them," he told the Mail. Pauloski also alleged he saw Routh "almost beat another Marine to death," the Mail reports.

"Some of the guys were teasing Routh. They had posted, 'WANTED' pictures of him with a rainbow flag. It was a harmless joke and he … snapped," he said, adding Routh began "pummelling his face until he was bleeding severely. We had to break it up. He was out of control."

Similarly, Sgt. Andrew Stokes, who served with Routh in Haiti, cast doubt on the suggestion he was traumatized by what he saw there.

Routh's father, Raymond, told the Daily Mail last month his son was "pulling the bodies of men, women and children" out of the sea, loading them onto front loading vehicles and dumping them in mass graves.

"Routh never left the ship," Stokes told the Mail. "He was an armorer, why would he leave the ship? The [infantry Marines] were the ones on the ground in Haiti conducting operations. Based upon the time I spent with him I don't see the claim about PTSD adding up at all."

The Washington Post, which obtained Routh's military record, also reports he was not engaged in direct combat.

Routh's trial starts Wednesday with Kyle's widow, Taya, and Littlefield's mother taking the stand, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"They're going to be the first two witnesses to testify," District Attorney Alan Nash told state District Judge Jason Cashon during a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in the case. Routh faces an automatic life sentence without parole if he is convicted.

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A veterans group claims the former soldier standing trial for the slaying of "American Sniper" legend Chris Kyle doesn't suffer from PTSD, and exhibited a violent, unpredictable streak with fellow Marines, Britain's Daily Mail reports.
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