Crime and lawsuits cloud new 'American Sniper' movie (VIDEO)


The real-life story behind Hollywood's "American Sniper," rolled out this holiday season, has been a dark tale of lawsuits and a pending murder trial for the man accused of gunning down the movie's hero.

Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh is to stand trial in February on charges of murdering Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" was the basis for the film.

Prosecutors recently said they are not seeking the death penalty against Routh, who could face life in prison if convicted.

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