Maj. Nidal Hasan on Wednesday chose not to mount a defense to charges that could make him the first service member to be executed by the military justice system in half a century.
Throughout two weeks of court-martial, Hasan, 42, made little effort to defend himself. In his opening statement, he vowed that the evidence would prove he was the shooter in the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting rampage. He cross-examined just three of 89 witnesses and offered only one piece of evidence, an evaluation that showed him to be an “outstanding” officer.
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