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