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DNA in 'American Sniper' case could delay trial

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Additional DNA testing that may be required by a new state law may delay the start of Eddie Ray Routh's capital murder trial.

Routh is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

At Tuesday's hearing, a DNA expert testified that a new state law may require additional testing of hair and fiber samples found in Kyle's black Ford pickup.

Routh is believed to have taken Kyle's truck after the shootings.

Depending on how extensive the DNA tests are, it could jeopardize the start of Routh's capital murder trial scheduled to start May 5.

Routh's attorneys have indicated they will make an insanity defense.

Kyle is reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American history and the best-selling author of the memoir, American Sniper.

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