Information was released today that the Eleventh Court of Appeals out of Eastland has upheld the capital murder conviction of Eddie Ray Routh.
Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole in February 2015 after murdering American Sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at Rough Creek Lodge on Feb. 2, 2013.
“In overruling Routh’s complaints about the sufficiency of evidence presented at trial relating to Routh’s defense of insanity and his complaints about procedures followed in the trial, the Court of Appeals set out in detail the evidence that the jury could have relied upon in finding Routh guilty of the double-murder and rejecting his insanity defense,” states a release from District Attorney Alan Nash.
Nash’s statement also explains that Routh can file a petition for review to the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austinand it will be up to that court to accept or decline review of the case, which will let the Eastland Court ruling stand.
“I am proud of the work done by law enforcement, led by Texas Ranger Danny Briley, in providing us with evidence to convict the murderer and have it stand up on appeal,” Nash wrote. “I remain grateful for the assistance of Jane Starnes of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in preparing and presenting the case at trial.”
The court also upheld the conviction of Troy Reagan Doud who was sentenced to life in prison in August 2014 for the murder of Jeffrey Sewalt.
Doud made complaints about the amount of sufficient evidence presented in the trial.
“The Court of Appeals set out in detail the evidence that the jury could have relied upon in finding Doud guilty of the murder,” Nash wrote. “Evidence included cell phone tower mapping — placing Doud in proximity to the Sewalt property at the time of the murder — security camera footage of Doud following Sewalt in the direction of Sewalt’s home just prior to Sewalt’s death, and the discovery of a vehicle title in Doud’s home that had been on Sewalt’s person the morning of his death. Gunshot residue was also discovered on clothing Doud was wearing the day of the murder.”
Doud may file a petition for review to the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.
“I am proud of the work done by law enforcement, led by Sgt. Jeremy Woodruff of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, in solving this terrible crime and providing us with evidence to convict the murderer and have it stand up on appeal,” Nash wrote.