FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist on trial for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood is refusing to mount a defense.
At his trial at the Texas Army post today, Maj. Nidal Hasan told the judge that American soldiers deploying overseas to take part in what he called "an illegal war" provoked the attack.
Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 others wounded. Hasan is facing a possible death sentence if convicted.
But when given the chance to rebut the prosecution's case, Hasan said: "The defense rests."
After jurors were dismissed, Hasan told the judge that the jury shouldn't have the option of convicting him on the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, agreeing with the prosecution's contention that the attack "wasn't done under the heat of sudden passion."
The American-born Muslim began the trial with a brief opening statement acknowledging that evidence would "clearly show" he was the man who opened fire and describing himself as a soldier who had "switched sides."