The Army psychiatrist who faces the death penalty for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood has told jurors that ‘the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter’.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan on Tuesday began his court martial delivering his own opening statements that lasted less than two minutes.
He told jurors: ‘The evidence presented during the trial will only show one side.’
‘We the Mujahideen are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion in the land of the supreme god.’
Hasan said ‘the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter. The dead bodies will show that war is an ugly thing.’
Hasan’s shocking opening statement came after prosecutors revealed that he had planned to ‘kill as many soldiers as he could’.
Prosecutors teased the fact that Major Nidal Malik Hasan picked the date of the attack — November 5, 2009 — for a specific reason but left the packed courtroom waiting for an explanation.
Col. Steve Henricks gave his opening statement at the Texas base, which was under heavy security at the trial got underway Tuesday morning.
The trial will turn into a faceoff between the gunman and his victims since the suspect is representing himself and will be tasked with questioning his former peers who were once his targets.
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