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Witness: 'American Sniper' defendant talked in jail on case

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) -

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A law official says he heard the man on trial in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man say: "I shot them because they wouldn't talk to me."

Former sheriff's deputy Gene Cole testified Friday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with murder in the deaths of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a rural Texas shooting range two years ago. Cole, now a police officer elsewhere, said he was a patrol deputy for the Erath County sheriff's office and had been asked to help in the jail.

He says Routh noted he'd been riding in the back seat. Cole says Routh also said, "I feel bad about it, but they wouldn't talk to me. I'm sure they've forgiven me."

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