Kyle’s accused killer can’t get fair trial because of ‘American Sniper,’ says attorney

The record-breaking success of the film “American Sniper” foreshadows the upcoming trial of the man who killed former Navy Seal Chris Kyle, according to his attorney.

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh‘s attorney, J. Warren St. John, in a recent interview with People Magazine, questioned whether his client can get a fair trial and wants a change of venue — the court denied a 2013 request.

“The film will be an issue,” he said. “I think any case with significant publicity has an issue with picking a jury. I’ve had them in the past, and anything that has significant national attention makes it hard to pick a jury.”

St. John told People Magazine that Routh “will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.”

Defense attorney Jose Baez, the man who defended the contemptible Casey Anthony, joined the morning crew Friday on “Fox and Friends” to say he does not think the court will grant a change of venue request.

“I think it’s going to get denied,” Baez said. “However, it’s going to create a permanent issue in this trial and it’s going to create an appellate record that will debated later on.”

“I think what the judge will do in this situation will give the defense and the prosecution wide latitude in perhaps giving a jury questionnaire to find out which jurors have actually seen the movie or seen any clips or read the book,” he continued. “Remember the book was a number one best seller.”

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