The New York Post is reporting that Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of killing former Navy SEAL, “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a Texas gun range on Feb. 2 of 2013, is still collecting $2,800 a month in Veterans Affairs benefits following the shooting..
Apparently, Routh will continue to collect that sum unless he is convicted of murder, even then he’ll receive 10 percent or $280 per month.
On top of the monthly stipend, Routh was given $30,000 in back-pay benefits after he was arrested and charged with murder.
Prosecutors asked Routh’s mother, Jodi, on Tuesday if she was aware that “after killing two men the VA deemed him to be disabled and gave him money.”
Jodi told prosecutors she was keeping the money in a bank account that she manages with her husband. Prosecutors also inquired about whether that money was used for a downpayment on a house that Routh’s sister purchased with her husband. Jodi said she didn’t know, according to the Post.
Routh is being represented by three court-appointed attorneys, all of whom are being paid for by the county. Routh’s defense is not guilty by reason of insanity.