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No verdict yet in Fort Hood shooting trial

August 23, 2013 • National News


In this courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown during closing arguments of his court martial, Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood passed on his final chance to address jurors before they started deliberating Thursday, even after prosecutors insisted they hand down a verdict that would allow the death penalty.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney but declined to plead his case after prosecutors finished their closing argument. When the judge told Hasan he could begin, he said: “The defense chooses not to make a closing statement.”

The Army psychiatrist is facing numerous counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder for the attack, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the sprawling Army post in central Texas on Nov. 5, 2009.

It was the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.

Prosecutors laid out a detailed roadmap of their case during their closing argument, saying there was no question that Hasan Login to read more

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