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Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM   |   Comments

Gun range slaying suspect held on $3M bail

GLEN ROSE, Texas, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A jobless ex-Marine was jailed on $3 million bail in Texas Sunday, suspected of gunning down a highly decorated former Navy SEAL and a neighbor at a gun range.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Chris Kyle, a 38-year-old retired SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills and the author of the book "American Sniper," his neighbor Chad Littlefield, 35, of Midlothian and ex-Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 25, had arrived at the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort near Glen Rose about 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Less than 2 hours later Kyle and Littlefield were found dead by a hunting guide and Routh was on the run in Kyle's Ford pickup truck, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Police went to Routh's home in Lancaster, where they spotted Kyle's truck. Routh fled in the pickup again, but was apprehended near Interstate 35 shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported Kyle and Littlefield were shot multiple times and a semiautomatic handgun found Routh's home may have been the weapon used to kill them.

WFAA-TV, Dallas, reported the men were shot in the back.

"There were no witnesses. No one heard any type of an argument," Bryant said.

The sheriff said Routh's mother may have contacted Kyle to "help her son," an Iraq War veteran, though he could not confirm whether Routh was on medication or was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the Morning News said.

"We have an idea that that's why they were at the range, for some kind of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with," Bryant said.

Routh was arraigned on two counts of capital murder and remanded to the Erath County jail in lieu of $3 million bail, Officer Kyle Roberts said.


Texas man missing in Colorado Rockies

DENVER, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A search of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado Sunday failed to turn up a missing 39-year-old Texas man, officials said.

Troy Green of San Antonio went to Colorado for a conference, but his wife contacted Denver police after he didn't get in touch with her Thursday, The Denver Post reported.

Dozens of ground and air searchers and rescue dogs have combed off-trail areas in the vicinity within the park where Green was last seen by other visitors Thursday afternoon.

A car matching the description of Green's rental car was found Friday morning in the Bear Lake parking lot, park rangers said.


Fire kills three in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- "Alternative methods of heating" could be to blame for a Phoenix fire that killed three people allegedly squatting in an abandoned house, firefighters said.

Firefighters said the house was "well involved in fire" by the time they arrived at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, The Arizona Republic said. Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott McDonald said there had been no electricity or water service to the home for several months, leading him to speculate the inhabitants had been squatting in the dwelling.

A fourth woman was able to escape and was being treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

"We've been seeing this around the Valley," McDonald said, "where people are in these homes (and) are basically living in them without power, without water – I don't know if they're foreclosed on or not – and then that leads to alternative methods of heating it, which leads to a lot of these fires we've been having."


Girl 15, has surgery for Taliban bullet

BIRMINGHAM, England, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Pakistani women's rights activist wounded by a Taliban gunman successfully underwent surgery in England, doctors said.

Schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai had five-hour surgery for cranial reconstruction and cochlear implantation Saturday and was recovering in a Birmingham hospital, London's Sky News reported.

Yousufzai was shot on Oct. 9 for promoting women's rights in Pakistan and was flown that month to Britain for treatment after Pakistani doctors saved her life, Sky News reported.

A custom-made titanium plate was fitted in the girl's head to repair skull damage and the doctors predict the cochlear implant will eventually almost completely restore hearing in her left ear, Sky News reported.

"She's not naive at all about what happened to her and the situation in terms of her high-profile. She's incredibly determined to continue to speak for her cause," said Dr. Dave Rosser, the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust's medical director.

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