UPDATE: No Verdict Yet In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Military jurors haven't reached a verdict against the soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 30 others at the Texas military base.

The case was given to jurors Thursday afternoon. They deliberated for about three hours before asking the judge if they could review testimony from the Fort Hood police officer who shot the gunman and ended the rampage.

The judge agreed, then she dismissed jurors for the night. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Friday morning.

Jurors heard testimony from nearly 90 witnesses, many of whom identified Hasan as the gunman.

Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has put up virtually no defense.

If convicted, Hasan could face the death penalty.

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He hasn't mounted much of a defense -- and now, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has declined the opportunity to deliver a closing argument at his trial in Texas for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people.

Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, said only, "The defense chooses not to make a closing statement."

Prosecutors earlier insisted there was no question that Hasan had planned and carried out the attack. Col. Steve Henricks told jurors that the facts he had presented to them prove that Hasan "without any doubt at all -- had a premeditated design to kill." He said Hasan had asked for the highest-tech weapon available when he went to a gun store a few months before the attack, and he soon began practicing at a gun range. And he pointed out that Hasan used laser sights, which the prosecutor said "established intent to kill."

Prosecutors are asking for a unanimous conviction on the premeditated murder charges, which would allow them to seek the death penalty.

During a brief opening statement nearly two weeks ago, Hasan told jurors that the evidence would "clearly show" that he was the shooter. He described himself as a soldier who had "switched sides."

But since then, he has sat mostly silent, raising few objections and questioning only three of the nearly 90 witnesses called by prosecutors.

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