Famed "American Sniper" author and a friend were killed at a North Texas gun range

Chris Kyle Murder Trial Delayed

Trial will not begin on May 5

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    Eddie Ray Routh in court.

    The trial for the man accused of killing famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has been delayed.

    Last month, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported the date for the trial for Eddie Ray Routh was in jeopardy due to a dispute over DNA testing.

    Routh, 26, remains jailed on $3 million bond, accused of fatally shooting Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at an Erath County gun range.

    This week, Routh's defense has asked for more time to comply with a new state law that expands DNA testing in death penalty cases.  The paper reported Judge Jason Cashon granted a motion for continuance earlier this week.

    It is not yet known how much more time is needed to complete the testing.

    A date for a new trial has not yet been set.