Kyle, wearing a brown dress and sweater and occasionally dabbing tears, said that her husband and Littlefield left from the Kyle home in Midlothian, Tex., about 25 miles southwest of Dallas, to pick up Routh. They went to the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, 90 miles southwest of Dallas, where Kyle frequented a 1,000-yard rifle range he helped design, she said.
“I’m sorry, I’m not nervous,” she said at one point, apologizing for her grief on display. “I’m just emotional.”
Taya Kyle said that her husband periodically took veterans to Rough Creek because it gave them a chance to relax and open up. He’d also found that being in nature helped, she said, building on something she said his friend, fellow Navy SEAL veteran Marcus Luttrell, had told him.
“I think in Chris’s life, he was such a kind, humble, easy-going and charismatic person. But he also had this skill,” Taya Kyle said of her husband, who has been called the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Being a sniper “may not seem to go with those qualities, but it’s an extension of your heart to be willing to take something on like that. It’s not an easy job,” she added.
Taya Kyle cried on the witness stand as a series of family photos were shown to the court. In one of them, her husband is hiding Easter eggs for his children in April 2012. In another, the couple is depicted with their son, who is now 10, in 2005.
“That’s Chris and me and our son, and I had just found out I was pregnant,” she recalled. Their daughter is now 8.
Later on Wednesday, the jury was shown dozens of photos from the crime scene, including graphic images of Kyle and Littlefield after their deaths. Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash told the jury that Kyle was shot five times in the back and side and once in the side of the head with a powerful .45-caliber pistol he owned.
Littlefield was shot four times in the back, once in the hand and once in the head with Kyle’s 9mm Sig Sauer pistol, a gun popular with Navy SEALs. It was later found in Routh’s possession after he was rammed by police driving Kyle’s distinctive black Ford F-350 pickup truck, which had the logo of the Punisher, a Marvel comics hero, on it.
The photos show Kyle lying on the dirt near the deck from which rifles were fired on the gun range. Littlefield’s body was nearby on the deck. Blood pooled around both of them. Family members and at least three jurors wiped tears away as the photos were shown in court.
Kyle and Littlefield were found by lodge employee, Justin Nabours, who had taken a father and son out to meet Kyle at their request at the range, Naybors testified Wednesday. He found the two men near each other, with Kyle lying “face-down, his nose in the dirt,” he said.
Taya Kyle was taking her daughter to build a teddy bear while her husband and Littlefield went to the range with Routh, she said. She called him briefly on his cell phone while they were apart, and he sounded unsettled, she told the court. Kyle and Littlefield were killed a short time later.