Fort Hood, TX, United States (4E) – Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan put on no defense in his trial on Wednesday for the shooting dead of 13 people and wounding of 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009.
Hasan, who was acting as his own lawyer, called no witness in what appeared to be an attempt by the American-born Muslim to be executed and be martyred. He faces conviction from premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder charges, which carry a sentence of death penalty.
After Hasan told Judge Col. Tara Osborn that the defense rests, prosecutors asked the latter to dismiss the jury consisting of 13 military officers. Osborn then ordered the recess.
In the opening of the court martial last week, Hasan admitted his guilt, apologized and did not cross-examine witnesses while sitting on a wheelchair. He is paralyzed after police shot him at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where he shot conscripts to be deployed to Afghanistan on Nov. 5, 2009.
The trial goes to the penalty phase. Jurors have to unanimously convict Hasan of all 13 murder and 32 attempted murder charges and unanimously vote for the death penalty if they want him to get the lethal injection. A death sentence is automatically appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces or to the Supreme Court.