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Ex-Marine's sister testifies that he said he took the souls of 'American Sniper' and friend

  • Eddie Ray Routh's sister Laura Blevins testifies during the capital murder trial of the  former Marine Cpl. at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.  Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)

    Eddie Ray Routh's sister Laura Blevins testifies during the capital murder trial of the former Marine Cpl. at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eddie Ray Routh enters the courtroom with defense attorney R. Shay Isham for his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.  Routh, 27, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)

    Eddie Ray Routh enters the courtroom with defense attorney R. Shay Isham for his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh, 27, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The sister of the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man has testified that when he came to her home on the day of the killings she told him she loved him but hated his demons.

Laura Blevins testified for the defense Wednesday. Eddie Ray Routh is on trial in the 2013 deaths of Kyle, the famed former Navy SEAL sniper, and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

The trial has drawn intense interest, partly because of an Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle's memoir.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1E69sX9 ) reports that Blevins testified how Routh told her "he took their souls before they could take his."

Defense attorneys say Routh was in a psychotic state at the time of the killings.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com