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. ev

    BulletBill I feel like you are the only one who has a good grasp on this situation. I honestly was just about to say in my own words everything that you wrote. Thank you for being the much-needed voice of reason here!

    October 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    stay stupid and die. while i now laugh.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elle

    Seriously guys, give him a break. You dont know him enough to pass judgements on him.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elle

    Im talking about Mehdi of course.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bigbucks1959

    What a big waste of tax dollars trying this idiot. I say bring back the firing squad and be done with it. Don't even get me started with the racial slurs...too many to count.

    October 23, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. An American

    watch this

    October 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. df

    I have some questions in my mind. What would you do if people are harassing you in your work environment because you are a Muslim? What if you spoke to officials and all what you got are more threats to shut your mouse up or abusive words insulting your culture and background? What are the solutions to bullying innocent Muslims after September 11, 2001? Frankly speaking, I have never thought of terrorizing people in return to the horrible life I am living in the States but I have been suffering from severe depression and thought seriously of committing suicide....I am trying to act as a civilized person and ignore them but the world around me is crazy, and I mean it......

    October 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Look what i go though even inhere my freind. they ask these question make thier threats insults and attcks, then delte and block me answering
      as you see they ingore every fact, or question i ask and refuse to answer.
      the right path is not he easy path ahki.
      just remember you arer not alone. God is always with you.
      what these heathens say think or do really does not matter.
      they only destroy them selves as they attck me.
      all muslims are under atck right now and all america does is serve its jew-arab masters and w.h.o.r.e.s.

      October 24, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Eunice

      Go back home.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Uhduh

      Are you treated like the Christians are treated in a muslim country ? has your house been burned? have you been beaten? have you beeen killed? Have you beeen put in a prison? if you want some sympathy for your beliefs then keep wining to the democrats ! But if you want something real to complain about .... just be a Christian – love Jesus – be kind to others in a muslim ran country. The USA is great because of Christianity ..... with out it it wouldn't be great.

      October 27, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Home of the Free

    Mendi, I don't understand your logic at all. The United States is a large country, I'm sure you have not been everywhere. Perhaps what you all see is just a small portion of America that is misunderstood as well. Now MY question to you... why do you hate America and Americans and Jews since you frequently bring it up? And you mention that God is always with you yet you appear to support the ruthless murder or 13 people? That's not very humane if you ask me. And if all else fails....then why live in the United States?

    October 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Krow

    Can't we just expedite this killer to his 72-virgin reward?

    October 25, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. OffensiveJerk

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Your kind flew planes into our towers.
    In the name of classical American justice, I'm going to drive a monster truck into your mosque.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Uhduh

    come on you guy's. This is just some more of those great muslim contributions to history that obama brags about ! Be sure to get out and vote if you are old enough.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sgt. Slaughter

    another muslim arab piece of sh@it................ at least he got a fair trial.........now execute the camel jockry

    November 15, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Larry Lemu

    At least I'm glad the press has stopped showing pictures of this idiot in a military uniform. To do so disrespects uniform.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. trinh

    Why bother to give him a trial. Shoot him.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Larry Lemu

    At least I'm glad the press has stopped showing picutures of this idiot in a military uniform. To do so disrespects the uniform and the military.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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