Prosecutors give closings in Fort Hood trial

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Military prosecutors say the soldier on trial for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage had planned the attack.
   
The prosecutor, Col. Steve Henricks, asked jurors during his closing argument Thursday to unanimously convict Maj. Nidal Hasan of premeditated murder. That would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
   
Henricks says "there's no doubt" that Hasan carried out the attack, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Texas Army post on Nov. 5, 2009.
   
Henricks says Hasan asked for the highest-tech weapon available when he went to a gun store a few months before the attack and then began practicing. Hasan also used laser sights, which Henricks says "established intent to kill."
   
Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has done little to defend himself.

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Closing arguments are set to begin in the trial of an Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
   
A military jury could then start deliberations Thursday in the case of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is standing trial on charges of killing 13 people in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.
   
Hasan is acting as his own attorney but forfeited the right to present a case. He called no witnesses and offered no new evidence, choosing instead to move straight to closing arguments.
   
Military prosecutors produced more than 700 pieces of evidence against Hasan during the 12-day trial.
   
Hasan said Wednesday the shooting was provoked by an "illegal war" and not done in the heat of passion.

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