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`American Sniper' suspect says he took `couple of souls'


STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Police video played in court shows a former Marine telling officers investigating the deaths of famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend that he had "taken a couple of souls" and had more to take.

The patrol car video shows officers in Lancaster, near Dallas, trying to coax Eddie Ray Routh from a pickup in the hours after Kyle and Chad Littlefield were found dead at a shooting range in February 2013.

The video played Thursday in Routh's murder trial shows him negotiating with police while making comments like, "Anarchy has been killing the world."

Routh eventually sped away from officers, who pursued and rammed the pickup before Routh surrendered.

Kyle, whose memoir "American Sniper" inspired the Oscar-nominated film, was trying to help Routh work through personal troubles.

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