Chis Kyle's Widow Breaks Down on the Stand and the Chilling Text Message

Court hears Taya Kyle's emotional testimony as she talks about their life and the day he died.
2:20 | 02/11/15

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and to the American sniper trial, now under way in Texas. The first witness, Chris Kyle's widow. Breaking down on the stand. And the last 24 hours, these images surfacing of the man accused during his time in Iraq. Almost unrecognizable in court today. And tonight, we have now learned of a text message Chris Kyle sent before he was killed, signaling something was wrong. ABC's Ryan Owens in Texas. Reporter: Taya Kyle, the first witness in a Texas courtroom this morning, telling her story to the 12 people who matter most. Babe, come home, okay? Reporter: Millions already know what this widow has endured, thanks to sienna miller's performance in the blockbuster, "American sniper." From the stand, taya Kyle's grief is all too well. She breaks down, trying to answer. Chris Kyle, she whispers. The judge will not allow audio from witnesses to be broadcast, but you don't need to hear her to see her pain. Clutching dog tags in her hand, she tearfully walks the jury of ten women and two men through family pictures. She recounts that day two years ago when she last saw her husband. Just before he and his best friend Chad Littlefield took Eddie routh to the gun range where he killed them both. We said we loved each other and gave each other a kiss and hug, like we always did. Routh keeps his head down throughout. In previous interviews, Kyle says she doesn't buy his defense that PTSD made him kill. Somebody taking the lives of two people who were there to help them -- that's not PTSD, in my opinion. Reporter: Defense attorneys told jurors, routh was insane. The doctors give him a diagnosis of psychosis. Reporter: They even revealed a text message Kyle sent to Littlefield, sitting next to him, as the three drove to the gun range. "This dude is straight up nuts," it said. Littlefield responded, "Watch my six." Military slang for watch my back. As taya Kyle left the stand this afternoon, she hugged the next witness. Chad Littlefield's mother. Who told the jury, today is her son's birthday. He would have been 38. Emotions running high, well after those two women left the stand. Prosecutors are detailing the brutality of this crime, each man shot in the head and several times in the back. A very difficult day in court. David?

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