MINNEAPOLIS -- Day two of the defamation trial against the estate of a murdered Navy SEAL by Governor Jesse Ventura was full of emotion as the widow of Chris Kyle, the man who Ventura claims defamed him in a book, took the stand for nearly three hours.
Taya Kyle was asked repeatedly by Ventura's attorney David Olsen about the amount of money that has come in due to proceeds from Chris' book, "American Sniper."
At issue is the portion of that book where Kyle claims he punched out Governor Ventura outside a San Diego bar back in 2006 because Kyle claimed Ventura was saying negative things about the men and women fighting in the Iraq war.
Ventura said that physical altercation didn't happen.
Taya Kyle testified that Chris' intention in writing the book was to tell his story with humility and that any and all profits from it's sale would be used to help veterans and their families.
Olsen painted a picture showing that since 2012, when the book was released by Harper Collins, the Kyle's were awarded royalties and a movie deal that amounted to more than $2.5 million, but that Taya Kyle, who is the sole executor for Chris Kyle's estate, has only donated around $100,000.
Taya Kyle said that was due to the maximum contribution tax laws; in 2012 she said she and Chris donated to two families with a total donated of $52,000.
Chris was shot and killed in an incident unrelated to this trial in Feburary of 2013.
When Taya was asked about that, and about Chris in terms of their communications while he was deployed, she broke down into tears.
In the afternoon session of court, the November 2012 videotaped deposition of Chris Kyle was played in its entirety and in it Kyle describes the night in October of 2006, when the alleged altercation between he and Governor Ventura occurred outside of a San Diego bar.
Chris Kyle claims he was at a wake for a fellow Navy SEAL at the bar McP's when he noticed Ventura getting loud and talking negatively about the war and service men and women.
Chris Kyle said he went over to Ventura, who was near some of Kyle's friends, and told all of them to keep it quiet because it was disrespectful.
Kyle said it was at the end of the night just outside the bar when he and Ventura began to interact again, Kyle said it was because Ventura was still being outspoken about his thoughts on the war.
Kyle testified that he told Ventura he was being a jackass because he and his friends were at that bar for a wake and Kyle said Ventura then said to him, "he said we deserved to lose a few."
Kyle claimed at that point Ventura took a fighting stance and took a step forward, Kyle said he then punched Ventura one time and that Ventura fell backwards while Kyle ran away.
Kyle said since that night he told 12-16 people about it and then he wrote it in his book, without using Ventura's name, that was published and went on to become a best seller in 2012.
Shortly after the book came out, Kyle publicly said in interviews that the man in the fight was Governor Jesse Ventura.
Ventura claims that act was defamation and he is suing in federal court.
The case is expected to last two to three weeks.