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No Verdict Yet in Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Trial

By: Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
By: Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) 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.

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Military jurors have started deliberating in the case of the soldier accused of killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

The case was given to the jury on Thursday. Maj. Nidal Hasan faces numerous counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder for the attack on the Texas military base.

If convicted, Hasan could face the death penalty.

The jury's 13 members are all military officers. They've heard testimony from nearly 90 witnesses, many of whom identified Hasan as the gunman who opened fire inside a crowded Fort Hood building in November 2009.

Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has put up little defense. He did not give a closing argument earlier Thursday.

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The soldier on trial for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has declined to give a closing argument.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney but did not give a closing argument on Thursday. On Wednesday, Hasan rested his case without calling any witnesses or testifying in his own defense.

The Army psychiatrist is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base. If convicted, he could face the death.

He's sat mostly silent during his trial, though he did tell jurors during an opening statement that evidence would show he was the shooter and that he'd "switched sides." The American-born Muslim told the judge the attack was provoked by soldiers deploying to an "illegal war."

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Military prosecutors say the soldier on trial for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage had planned the attack.

The prosecutor, Col. Steve Henricks, asked jurors during his closing argument Thursday to unanimously convict Maj. Nidal Hasan of premeditated murder. That would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

Henricks says "there's no doubt" that Hasan carried out the attack, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Texas Army post on Nov. 5, 2009.

Henricks says Hasan asked for the highest-tech weapon available when he went to a gun store a few months before the attack and then began practicing. Hasan also used laser sights, which Henricks says "established intent to kill."

Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has done little to defend himself.

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Jurors hearing the trial of the soldier accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage are being given detailed instructions about how to reach a verdict.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the attack on the Texas military base. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

The judge in the case, Col. Tara Osborn, began issuing the jury instructions on Thursday, ahead of closing arguments. The 13 jurors are all Army officers.

Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has put up virtually no defense. He rested his case without testifying or calling any witnesses and questioned only three of the nearly 90 witnesses called by prosecutors.

It's unclear if Hasan will give a closing statement.


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