Eddie Routh spent time in mental hospital

5:11 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
Eddie Ray Routh. (Photo courtesy of AP Graphics)
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ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past four months.

Lancaster police records show 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh was taken to a mental hospital in September after threatening to kill his family and then commit suicide. Routh told authorities then that he was a Marine veteran who was suffering from PTSD.

The Dallas Morning News reports that police records show Routh was taken back to the same mental hospital in mid-January after a woman called police and said she feared for Routh's safety.

Routh is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in Saturday's shooting deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.

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