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Prosecutor: Hasan wanted to kill many soldiers

3 years 5 months 1 week ago August 06, 2013 Aug 6, 2013 Tuesday, August 06 2013 August 06, 2013 8:27 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas - A military prosecutor says an Army psychiatrist accused of the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation planned to "kill as many soldiers as he could."

The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesday under heavy security at Fort Hood. The 42-year-old Hasan doesn't deny killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a November 2009 rampage on the Texas base.

Prosecutor Col. Steve Henricks told a jury of 13 military officers the prosecution will show them that Hasan picked the date of the attack for a reason.

Hasan is representing himself. Even though he doesn't dispute the charges, military law barred him from pleading guilty because he faces the death penalty if convicted.

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