October 21st, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Prosecutors close Fort Hood case, defense to begin Nov. 15

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people in a rampage last year.

[Updated at 11:18 a.m.] The prosecution has completed presenting its case against alleged Fort Hood shooter and Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan.

The investigating officer has recessed the proceedings until November 15th, at which time the defense will have an opportunity to present its case.

[Updated at 10:18 a.m.] The prosecution said it plans to wrap up its case against alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan on Thursday, and Hasan's legal team will present its defense in more than two weeks.

The prosecution has called more than 50 witnesses who have delivered chilling testimony about the shooting rampage that left 13 dead at a Texas military base. Hasan is the subject of an Article 32 hearing, which will determine if there is ample evidence to proceed with a court martial.

The former Army psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in a November rampage.

Witnesses have described floors covered in blood and the "clack, clack" of Hasan's boots as he walked with spent shell casings trapped in their treads. Army Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent Kelly Jameson said 146 shell casings had been collected, and other sources said 68 were collected outside, for a total of 214.

Army investigators said Wednesday that Hasan had 177 rounds left when he was finally shot down by police.

Nine people died after being shot in the Army medical processing center, and four more died after they were rushed to the base hospital.

The defense has been told it can begin presenting its case November 8.

A pause in the proceedings had been planned to allow Fort Hood to mark one year since the shooting and to honor the victims as well as soldiers and civilians who exhibited special heroism.

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  1. Murgen

    The true face of Islam. Everyday Muslims make a case for their beloved religion in blood and hate. Hopefully people will realize you can't reason with irrational people. I also think the liberal political correctness in this country allowed this guy to murder and maim while wearing a Army uniform. That is outrageous and a condemnation of bleeding heart policies of the U.S.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. penny

    Why hasn't CNN reported the attacks on Christians in Egypt; let me answer that....
    they do not want you to realize the agenda of Islam.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steven Brown

    Yes, proceed to court martial. There is enough evidence. As though we didn't know that already.

    November 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ProperVillain

    50 witnesses that saw him shoot people and he is still considered the "alleged" shooter.

    Only in a place as stupid and PC 21st century America can this happen. In the wild west this joker would have been hanging by the gallows months ago.

    My bet is this coward either 1) Pleads insanity, 2) Cries racism or 3) tries to tie his murder case into some sort of repression of his religion. What a loser.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joee

    America is great, because it's free, and because it's free we welcome any religion. In most muslim run countries, they are not under the same democratic freedom to believe whatever they believe, which leads them to be ignorant and frustrated at those that flaunt their freedoms in front of others. The bottom line is, whether you are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish or an derivative of those three, you all believe in the same exact god, without distinguishment from God. Think about that for a second chew on that.

    November 20, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. henryJay

    Why is this guy still breathing?

    November 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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