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>> let's get back to jackie with breaking developments. >> eddie ray routh will go to prison for life for murdering chris kyle and chad littlefield at a texas gun range three years ago. >> we find eddie ray routh guilty of the offense of capitol murder as charged. the jury taking less than 3 hours to con frikt routh of capital murder late last night. routh showing no emotion as they handed him a life sentence with no chance of parole. >> his victim's families crying holding hands in court grateful to have closure. >> we have waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son and as always, god has proved to be faithful. we are so thrilled that we have the verdict shlgsthat we have
tonight. >> in his victim impact statement littlefield's brother speaking to routh directly calling him an american disgrace saying your claims of ptsd have been an insult to every veteran who served with honor disgracing a proud military. >> she stormed out during closing arguments cursing and slamming her hands on the wall at routh's mother for never mentioning his son's history of violence before he took him to a gun range. >> taya has been in court every day and has been the first to testify. now we are hearing that emotional testimony released overnight. taya on the stand reliving the last time she ever spoke to her husband. >> he would say hey, babe. i just had a quick question for him if he wanted to go out with our friends for dinner that night. i just said hey, i know you are working doing your stuff do you
want to go out with my friends for dinner. he goes yeah that would be fine. i said okay. i said are you okay? he was like yup. that's not common for him. usually our service sayingses are -- conversations are more. he was just quiet. a lot of times that was the case with him it would be like i am at a point where i don't know if i should say more because obviously there's something more or if i should just -- he's probably dealing with it and go. >> chris kyle's family not yet releasing a public statement. eddy eddie ray routh's attorneys planning to appeal his conviction. the jury reaching a verdict in less than three hours choosing to deliberate late last night rather than bait until today. a clear indication maybe of what they were thinking. joining me now is rebecca rosewood
rosewoodland. thank you for joining us so early. did it surprise you they were able to come up with the verdict so quickly and why they were able to do so unanimously. >> it doesn't surprise me. i think they knew what they wanted to do. once they listened to all of the law which the judge gave to them they said let's do it judge please let's get it done. they took adequate time. it was not as if they predecided but they knew where they were going. you had a defendant who pled guilty. he was guilty or he went into a mental institution. >> the defense spent a lot of time trying to prove his insanity. it boiled down to whether or not he knew what he did was wrong.
in that respect why didn't it work? >> you are right. what the insanity defense is legally not what it would be col lobing kwally. you have to have committed the act not knowing you were wrong or doing it with an uncontrollable urge. there hadz to be a doctor coming in to prove that you were medically incapable of knowing right from wrong or medically incapable of helping yourself from doing it. the defense didn't prove that here. >> they called one witness. >> one. >> why just one witness. >> i guess that's all they had. you can't make someone testify to something that isn't true. i guess they didn't have enough support for the defense that was pretty much baseless. we saw him in the confession, in the time after the killings say, i can't believe what i did recognizing that he had done something wrong which is the big
per parameter. did you do something wrong and if you know that you did then you go to jail. then you are guilty if you are found to have committed the act. >> bottom line those pieces of prosecution admitted saying he admitted guilt. >> there was a chase with a car. he knew what he had done. the prosecution presented the facts clearly without misunderstanding to the jury. i think the jury did what they had to do. they took the time but they did apply the law to the facts. i think the conclusion was oosh-- >> life in prison. any chance there will be an appeal? >> he will have life in prison. i don't see any possible for an appeal being victorious. >> we will bring you back in the
next half hour for more insight. >> marcus latrell and his wife have been in the courtroom since the beginning. during closing arguments they set off a social media firestorm just moments after the verdict. >> this is what he posted. justice served for chris and the littlefield family. to eddie ray routh, you thought you had ptsd before wait until the boys in td find out what you did. >> chris kyle convicted of capitol murder jury didn't buy the defense. >> this just in texas jury finds eddie ray routh guilty of the murders of chris kyle and chad littlefield. #never forget. >> it played outside by side in the big screen telling about
chris kyle's story. >> what are you in germany or where? >> stateside. >> you are home? >> what are you doing? >> i guess i just needed a minute. >> clint eastwood's american sniper broke january box office records grossing over $320 million and scoring six oscar nominated including winning best picture. no, that was one of the nominations. that was one they were up for the mega hit was snubbed winning only one award for sound. chris kyle's heroism getting all of the publicity as routh's child brokeemployed out as an instant sequel to the movie. legal experts say it is impossible to know whether thern "american sniper" had a
substantial effect on the verdict. >> brand new information will isis barbarians capturing christians in syria. 150 women and children abducted from their homes. we have breaking developments on this. >> no question they were targeted. local mal lish sawmilitias try to fied their own. they had over run the villages killing some and taking 150 prisoners. according to a state department they didn't discriminate but taking men women, children, the elderly and even breezes. >> the absence of leadership in the white house is leading for more and more christians to be persecuted and bee headed churches being bombed. nobody is acting. this is a full loan christian
genocide. >> are you equating this to a modern day christian holocaust? >> this is a christian holocaust. >> months of u.s. and coalition air strikes they are far from on the run. the group gained ground inside syria and it has become a difficult situation for the administration to explain. >> there has been a slight increase of isil presence in syria, but i can't buy any means describe what is happening in syria as a big advance. they had been stopped. remember kobani was going to be the big quest.test. >> syria has proven to be difficult to operate in. there was an insatiable group last month. they had 21 deee deposition
christians simply for being christians. >> we have to prevent it. >> it goes to show how little of the united states and coalition partners know about what's going on on the ground inside syria. sources say there are little human intelligence they had to try to track folks like this. satellite intelligence signaling those kinds of things but not that kind of hard ones. >> thank you leland. >> states to the south declare ago state of emergency ahead of snow sleet and ice in areas of georgia today. >> maria molina is tracking the stormer storms for us. >> new england is taking a break now we are looking at snow across parts of the south.
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>> welcome back. more now on the fox news alert on the american sniper murder trial. the man who killed chris kyle and chad little field convicted of capital murder in texas. eddy ray routh will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibilities of parole. his lawyers tried to argue he was insane when he shot kyle and littlefield in a texas range two years ago. the jury not buying it delivering a guilty verdict in just about two hours. >> there were no surprises here. i said it earlier this evening, the jury wants to deliberate after having such a long day as they did today. usually they would want to get home and absorb it. clearly they knew they were on
the same page there was no doubt, that the defense of insanity works so rarely all over the united states of america but especially in texas especially a case that has such notoriety. two american heros being executed after the battles, the wars that they have been through for our country. zero sympathy on his side. >> routh's attorneys now planning to appeal. >> a fox news alert. southwest airlines grounding more than 100 planes from missing safety inspections. >> lauren simonetti fox business. how did the jets slip through the cracks. >> they voluntarily grounded 128 of their boeing 737's lastnight. the problem had to do with the miss inspection of the hydraulic system used to control the
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the most vulnerable going door to door snatching christian women and children right from their homes. >> we are live with the breaking development. >> the 2016 gloves are off. >> like hillary clinton i, too, have traveled hundreds of miles around the world. unlike hillary clinton i know flying is an activity not an accomplishment. >> the potential rival taking a swing at hillary clinton's record. "fox & friends first" continues right now. >> let's get to the fox news lay. the man who shot chris kyle and chad littlefield found guilty of murder in texas. >> jack see ibanez is here with more. it only took the jury two hours to come down with the verdict findling eddie ray routh
guilty of capital murder. >> we find the defendant guilt of the offense of capital murder as charged. >> he will now spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing chris kyle and chad littlefield at a gun range. his lawyers and him tried to say he was insane at the time. little fooelsd father addressing ralph in a victim impact statement saying quote you didn't know chad's name when you brutally murdered him now you will have the rest of your life to remember him. then he spelled out chad littlefield's name. his mother showed gratitude for the jury's decision finally getting closure. >> we waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. as always god has proved to be
faithful. we are so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight. >> chris kyle's wife taya not in court when the verdict was read. she stormed out cursing and slamming her hand on the wall as defense attorneys blasted routh's mother for never mentioning he had a history of emotional. now for the first time we are hearing that emotional testimony. you see her reliving the last time she spoke to her husband. >> normally going out there especially near rough creek. it is beautiful he is making their day, which is what happened earlier. the guy sounded really excited to go. he thought he was doing a good thing.
you>> you were irritated. it was short i wish i could say more but i am not going to because there are people around. >> chris kyle's family has not made a public statement on the verdict. eddie ray routh's attorney says they will appeal his con vinks. >> the jury reached the verdict. what went through the minds of the our or the foining snoining us all now. what does this say about the injury's mind set. they knew what they were going to? did they deliberate? absolutely. there were 10 women, two men i am sure they took their time but they knew had where they were going, the families, the victims want to give them some relief. the jury said please let us dlin
brat through the night. >> eddie arouth he thought about shooting them in the car. if there was a crash he might have died in that-kra and been injured. he knew what he was doing. why would the defense try to plead insanity? he knew his actions were wrong. >> they were in quick sand. i am not sure who came up with this decision. it didn't make any sense. it wasn't founded in fact. it wasn't evidence to prove legal insanity. did he have issues he was in and out of mental hospitals, yes that does not equal mental insanity and legal insanity, not the same. >> is there any real repro kugs that eddy ray routh's mom knew he had problems and wanted him
to still hang out with chad? >> the big issue is the veteran's hospital that allowed him to leave didn't keep himhospital. >> are they going to be held accountable for that? >> i think there would be a possibility of a civil action against the veteran's hospital. hounld you know a than who has violent tendencies how do you not treat him further? i can't believe this happened. >> from attorney's perspective what do you make of eddie ray routh's appearance in court. if you look at his mug shot he was thin and bulky in court. he looked like a different person. he was unaffected by all of this. >> often times people are so shocked with what they did. this doesn't mean he didn't know what he did was wrong. he we know clearly he ran from the police. it is unfortunate. but he is's serving life in prison and that's a good thing.
>> absolutely. the wives met with the kids were playing sports and they were trying to do a good thing by helping this veteran. you see where it left two families broken. thank you so much rebecca rosewood land this morning. >> a lot of reks a coming in former navy seal and author of loan survivor in court during closing arguments setting off a social media firestorm with this post on facebook moments after the verdict saying quote justice served for kris and the littlefield family. to eddyie ray routh you thought you had ptsd before wait until the boys in tdc find out you killed a hero. >> justice chris kyle murderer guilty of murder. didn't buy the insane defense. >> chriseddie ray routh found guilty
of chris kyle and chad littlefield. >> this played outside by side with the big screen telling of chris kyle's story. >> you are home? what are you doing? >> i guess i just needed a minute. >> clint eastwood american sniper broke january box office records grossing more than $320 million and scoring 6 oscar nominations including best picture. the mega hit was snubbed only winning one of those reardz for sound. while it's a furry's job to stay impartial legal experts say it is impossible to know whether american sniper had a substantial effect on a verdict. >> now to another fox news alert. christians under siege in syria. isis taking 150 people hostage
including innocent women and children. let's get right to leland vittert who are standing by live for us in washington. good morning leland. >> good morning to you. no question these christians were targeted and by all accounts local malilitias fought to keep their own. they over ran the villages taking some and what we know to be 150 prisoners. they didn't discriminate taking not only the men, women, children, but the elderly and even priests. >> they have lost everything. we are talking to folks on the team we have a network of churches and partners through out the region. they are under tremendous pressure. they lost everything. some literally stripped of the clothes on their back. people aren't recognizing what is happening. when they are attacking you it is a genocide for christians in syria and iraq.
>> despite months of u.s. and coalition air strikes they are far from on the run. in fact the group has gained ground and it is becoming a difficult situation for the administration to explain. >> there has been a slight increase of isil presence in syria. i can't by any means describe what is happening in syria as a big advance. they have been stopped in syria also. pavani was going to be the big test. >> it is hard to know what if any options were used to capture the christians. remember isis is showing insatiable blood thirst. the group executed people on the beach simply for being christians. we are seeing a report adds many
of egyptians since leaving. >> there were a lot of egyptians who pled economic problems a lot of different jobs inside the country lead to oil industry and service industry where the pay was not better and now you are seeing so many flee back to egypt for safety. >> leland vittert joining us live this morning. thank you, leland. declaring a state of emergency ahead of the snow, sleet and ice expected to hit georgia and sort carolina today. >> maria molina has the latest for us. what is happening now? have you called mom, dad and everybody? >> my dad was saying 6 inches of snow in the area. i want to tart out first with the temperatures.
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amazing stain removal the first time. >> a fox news alert in the american sniper story. breaking overnight the man who killed chris kyle and chad littlefield convicted of capital murder. eddie ray routh will spend the rest of his life in prison without possibility of parole. routh's lawyers tried to argue he was insane when he shot kyle and littlefield at a texas begun rank range two years ago. >> every one of the jurors 10 women two men knew if they were to go along with the defense, and i don't think they legitimately thought about it but if they did he would go to a mental hospital. once the doctor said it was okay to be released will he could go out and be amongst society that
would never happen. they were sending a message we can't bring your family member back, we can't do anything other than give you a guilty verdict. >> routh's torns are planning to appeal. >> now to a fox business alert. southwest airlines grounding over 100 planes after finding they missed inspections. ashley web is here from our sister network fox business here with how they managed to slip through the cracks. ashley? >> good morning. southwest airlines grounding 128 planes close to 20 percent of the complete after failing to inspect backup high trawlic systems used to control the rudder failed. they canceled 80 flights yesterday but expects minimal impact on today's schedule. the boeing yes, sir were shown to over thrown the they can.
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helps silence coughs for a full 12 hours. all night... or all day. updating our top story a fox news alert in the american sniper trial. eddie ray routh convicted of capital murder sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing chris kyle and chad littlefield. his attorneys plan to appeal. do you think the success of the movie influenced the ish? you can weigh in on our facebook page. >> time for the good, the bad, and the ugly. up first the good. jetblue giving back by flying it forward granting free flights to people who have a compelling charitable story. but a catch, they have to pass on the chance to someone else. the bad, the reports that the star of shades of grey will not renew his role because of his wife. the ugly.
are you a late night snacker. researchers say it can wreak havoc on your biological christ. >> in 2004 passion of the christ came out on this very day. just a snippet for you. "fox & friends" starts now. bye. good morning. it is wednesday, february 25. i'm elisabeth hasselbeck. a fox news alert. justice is served. late last night eddie ray routh found guilty in the american sniper trial. >> we just want to say that we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. >> the breaking details from the late-night verdict for you straight ahead. >> for the first time emotional testimony from the wife of chris kyle. >> it's kind of hard not to put some of it together. i haven't heard from him