August 22nd, 2013
12:21 AM ET

Hasan rejects lesser charges at Fort Hood

An Army psychiatrist defending himself against charges that he targeted soldiers in a massacre at Fort Hood argued against allowing a jury to consider lesser charges, telling the court the attack was not carried out in the heat of sudden passion.

There was "adequate provocation" for the attack because the soldiers were going to participate in "an illegal war" in Afghanistan, Maj. Nidal Hasan told a military judge considering Wednesday whether to include a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter or unpremeditated murder in instructions to be given to the jury.

The instructions are scheduled to be delivered to the jury Thursday morning before closing arguments begin. The case will then be handed to the jury of 13 officers, who will determine whether Hasan is guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder in connection with the November 5, 2009, attack.

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  1. chrissy

    How does that saying go? A man who represents hisself has a fool for a lawyer. Well here is the poster boy for that!

    August 22, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Maybe he will be a poster boy for an old western movie! "Hang em High"!

    August 22, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Public caning first please lol. Im sure many people would like to get in a few whacks first.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Hasan dares the court to convict him of his murders.
    He should be executed and given the joy of his heaven, vir gins and all.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Why call the murder of Chris Lane "senseless?"
    It makes perfect sense to me as a hate crime.
    Young men who have learned to form the plural of "life," which is not "life's," are far less likely to kill than one of these three young gentlemen.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Well so be it. Hassan has made it easier for the jury & the judge. Why consider lesser charges for a mass murder?

    August 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      He has confessed to this. He shows no remorse. He has made this easy.

      August 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    He talks about an'illegal war' not 'Heaven' or 'virgins'. Where did that come from@JI-F?

    August 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    blocked

    August 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I'm not sayin the good psychiatrist is, putting it in laymans terms, "nuts". I just can't seem to find anywhere on the map, a Fort Hood, Aghanistan. Or even Kileen, Afghanistan. Does Mr. Hasan know what planet he's on?

    August 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If anyone can point out where Kileen, Afghanistan is, be sure to drop me a reply. Wont be the first time in my life I was wrong. Thanx.

    August 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Hey@Jeff
    Killeen unfortunately has not yet been transported frm TX to Afghanistan, But I'm sur Graham or McCain would still be able to locate it on a map in Afghanistan.

    August 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Hi @Jeff
    Killeen unfortunately has not yet been transported frm TX to Afghanistan, But I'm sur Graham or McCain would still be able to locate it on a map in Afghanistan.

    August 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The sharks in Hawii had "adequate provocation".

    August 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      I have been trying to think of the most miseralbe way to "do away" with this POS and the shark thing sounds about right!

      August 23, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Faith

    He's been found guilty. May the sharks be employed.

    August 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |