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Sheriff: Vet charged in shootings won't see lawyer


A Texas sheriff says the Iraq War veteran charged with gunning down a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend has refused to meet with his family or court-appointed attorney.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says Eddie Ray Routh remained in his cell Tuesday instead of meeting with his lawyer or relatives. Bryant said Routh demanded a cigarette, but smoking isn't allowed in the jail.

The sheriff says he doesn't know which relatives came to visit Routh in the jail in Stephenville, about 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Routh is charged with killing Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday.

He's being held on $3 million bail and remains on suicide watch.

During a 911 call on the day of the shooting family members said Routh suffers from mental health problems.

"Listen my brother just came by here. I live at... He's now left. He told me he's committed a murder and I'm terrified for my life," his sister said.

"He was talking kind of babble," his brother-in-law said. "He was recently diagnosed with PTSD and he's been acting real weird. He just got out of a mental hospital last week."

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Routh told his sister he "traded his soul for a new truck," referring to the truck he stole from Kyle after killing him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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