Ft. Hood suspect to defend himself, could question victims
Monday, August 05, 2013 - 01:37
Aug. 5 - Nidal Hasan, the army major accused of carrying out the worst non-combat attack on a U.S. military base in history, will defend himself against charges that carry the possibility of the death penatly. Deborah Gembara reports.
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STORY: It's been four years since the Fort Hood shootings that killed 13 soldiers, and the trial of the Army officer accused of carrying out the attack is only just beginning.
Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder --
While Hasan admitted earlier that he acted to protect Muslims and the Taliban in Afghanistan from U.S. forces, the Judge rejected his offer to plead guilty in exchange for being spared the death penalty.
Some things to know about the trial:
Hasan will act as his own attorney and is expected to call two witnesses.
He was injured during the rampage and will address the court from his wheel chair.
Prosecutors will argue that the former military psychiatrist had become radicalized and was searching terms such as "jihad" before the attack.
Despite Hasan's previous admission of guilt and dozens of witnesses, going for the death penalty is no slam dunk for prosecutors who will need all 12 jurors to agree to a guilty verdict for it to even be considered.
The rampage, which took place just days before Hasan was due to deploy to Afghanistan --- raised questions about the military's frequent deployments and warning signs about Hasan that his commanders may have ignored.
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