911 call: Navy SEAL murder suspect's sister 'terrified' her brother may return to hurt her

Eddie Ray Routh

Credit: Erath County Sheriff

Eddie Ray Routh was booked on capital murder charges in Erath County.

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by MATT GOODMAN & JOSH DAVIS

WFAA

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

DALLAS -- In the moments after Eddie Routh allegedly told his sister that he gunned down Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and a second man on Saturday, she called 911 in a panic as she left her home, saying she was horrified that he may return.

"He told me that he's committed a murder, and I'm terrified for my life because I don't know if he's going to come back here," she told the operator.

Routh, 25, is charged with murdering Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at an Erath County gun range on Saturday. According to a police affidavit, Routh told his sister that "he traded his soul for a new truck." Investigators believe Routh stole Kyle's black F-350 after the murders.

"He said he killed two guys, they went out to a shooting range, he's all crazy, he's f––– psychotic," his sister, Laura Blevins, told the dispatcher.

Also on Tuesday, the Lancaster Municipal Court released a search warrant that sheds some light into Routh's mindset after the shooting.

After leaving the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge in Kyle's pickup truck, Routh called his sister and her husband and asked if they would be home for awhile, which they said they would. Routh then arrived at his sister's home in Midlothian, where Gaines Blevins, Routh's brother-in-law, described Routh's behavior as "acting and talking strangely."

According to the document, Gaines Blevins said Routh told him he and the victims "were out shooting target practice and he couldn't trust them, so he killed them before they could kill him," and "[Eddie Routh] said he couldn't trust anyone anymore (and) everyone was out to get him."

Routh's sister, Laura Blevins, told police her brother "came to my house and was out of his mind, saying people were sucking his soul and that he could smell the pigs." She went on to say Eddie Routh told her "he was going to get their souls before they took his."

According to the affidavit, Laura Blevins then told her brother "he couldn't be at her home if this was true and he needed to turn hisself [sic] in."

Eddie Routh then left the Blevins' residence and went to the home where he lived with his parents in Lancaster. After he arrived back to the residence, Lancaster police were waiting and tried to negotiate with Routh. Shortly after, Routh fled the scene. He eventually stopped and surrendered without incident on Interstate-35 northbound near Wheatland Road.

On Sept. 2 of last year, Routh, a former Marine, was committed to Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital following an incident in which he threatened to kill himself and his family. In the 911 call released Tuesday, Blevins' husband tells the operator that Routh was recently released from a mental hospital. 

"He said he killed two guys at a shooting range, he took one of their trucks, like a dark blue or maybe black F-250," Gaines Blevins told 911. When questioned if Routh threatened the two, the husband replied, "I don't perceive anything as a threat, but he was talking, kind of, babbled." 

The dispatcher then asked if Routh had taken drugs or was drinking that day, to which Blevins' husband said, "He's been known to drink in the past." 

"He's recently diagnosed with PTSD … he's been acting a little weird from that," the husband said, adding that he believes Routh had guns in the truck. 

Chris Kyle is known as the deadliest sniper in the United States military history. In his final interview with the Texan News Service at Tarleton State University, his alma mater, Kyle said he hoped he would be remembered as someone who helped his fellow veterans. Investigators say he was attempting to help Routh when he was shot at point-blank range. 

“I would love for people to be able to, when they think of me, think, ‘Here’s a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the vets,” Kyle told Texannews.net. “Somebody who cared so much about them he wanted them taken care of.”

Memorial funds for Kyle and Littlefield have been established for financial donations to their families. One hundred percent of donations will go to the respective families. To make a donation to the Chris Kyle Memorial Trust or the Chad Littlefield Memorial Trust, follow this link.

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