Lawyer: Hasan intent on getting death sentence


Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The standby attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has told a military judge that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan appears intent on receiving a death sentence.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said Wednesday at Hasan's trial that he is willing to step in and be Hasan's attorney. But if Hasan continues to work toward being executed, Poppe asked that his responsibilities be minimized.
Hasan then told the judge he objected, saying: "That's a twist of the facts."
Judge Col. Tara Osborn cleared the courtroom and recessed for the day. The trial will resume Thursday.
Hasan is representing himself but has attorneys on standby if needed. On Monday, he told the court that the evidence presented during the trial would "clearly show" he was the shooter.

Earlier story:

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The showdown some expected between the gunman in the Fort Hood shooting massacre and his victims did not materialize on his first day of trial.
As prosecutors began to present a methodical, detailed case Tuesday, Maj. Nidal Hasan raised almost no objections and let most witnesses pass without asking questions.
He gave a one-minute opening statement saying he was soldier who had switched sides in what he described as a war between America and his Islamic faith. He then fell mostly silent.
Among the witnesses he did not question was retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, one of more than 30 people wounded in the deadliest attack on a U.S. military installation ever.
Lunsford described for jurors where bullets hit his body in the November 2009 attack that left 13 dead.

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