Accused Fort Hood shooter tells trial 'War is an ugly thing'
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 01:15
Aug. 6 - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan said that ''war is an ugly thing,'' in a brief opening statement at his trial for opening fire at a Texas base in 2009 and killing 13 U.S. soldiers. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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"War is an ugly thing."
Those are the words of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan in a brief statement on the opening day of his trial.
He is accused of killing 13 U.S. solders and wounding dozens when he opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas army base in 2009.
Hasan is representing himself.
He told the court that he shot the soldiers to try to stop what he has called a U.S. war on the Muslim religion.
He said...."Witnesses will testify that war is an ugly thing. Death, destruction and devastation are felt from both sides."
Hasan was an Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood at the time of the shooting. He was due to be deployed to Afghanistan.
He also told the court..quote "Evidence from this trial will only show one side. I was on the wrong side but I switched sides."
Prosecutors took about an hour to lay out their case against Hasan, saying that he intended to kill indiscriminately.
Hasan faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.
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