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Trial date set for Iraq vet accused in slaying of sniper Chris Kyle, friend

The funeral of Chris Kyle was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Monday, February 11, 2013. Kyle was a highly decorated former Navy SEAL sniper who was shot and killed at a shooting range the previous week.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A trial date has been scheduled for an Iraq War veteran accused of gunning down former Navy SEAL and sniper Chris Kyle and a friend of Kyle’s at a shooting range last year.

The capital murder trial for Eddie Routh, 26, is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 5 in the 266th District Court in Stephenville, Texas. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in the same court.

Routh’s original October trial date was postponed after defense attorneys filed several motions.

Routh is accused of killing Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, on Feb. 2 at the Rough Creek Lodge west of Glen Rose, Texas. The range is about 77 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to the gun range to help the veteran deal with problems he was having related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mental health issues also were cited in police reports on Routh before the February shooting.

Kyle had the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history, more than 150 racked up during four tours in Iraq. He was the co-author of the bestselling memoir "American Sniper."

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