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Court plays video of suspect's statement in Chris Kyle's death

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For the first time, the public got to hear on Friday from the man accused of killing American sniper Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield

Suspect Eddie Routh entered an Erath County courtroom looking heavier than the day he was arrested in Feb. 2013.

Routh's attorney requested the hearing to ask the judge throw out a videotaped statement Routh gave on the day of the shootings, arguing that Routh is so mentally ill that he was incapable of understanding his rights when they were read to him.

That statement was played in court on Friday. In it, Routh admitted that he had smoked marijuana the day of Kyle and Littlefield's deaths.

The 50-minute interview happened around 11:30 p.m. on the day of the shootings, and a lot of what Routh said was nonsensical. He spoke of people "eating at his soul" and a "world council" that might "make things right."

But there were times he was clear, like when he admitted to killing Kyle and Littlefield with a pistol. He recalled the gun was a 9-millimeter semiautomatic SIG Sauer, and that after he shot them, they weren't breathing anymore.

Routh said he took Kyle's truck and fled to his sister's house in Lancaster after the shootings because he didn't know what else to do.

Littlefield's mother wept as she heard her son's alleged killer recall the details of that day.

During his statement, Routh wouldn't say who he shot first, but he told the ranger interviewing him, "They looked at me in the eyes and I looked at them in the eyes."

Routh also said that it wasn't that he wanted to kill them, but that it was a need to "get out of that situation."

When asked what he would say to the two men's families, Routh said, "I'm just sorry for what I've done, but we can work this out."

The judge said he's planning to review the video and then decide whether or not it will be played in trial on May 5.

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