Fort Hood gunman could get military death penalty
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist convicted of the Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people began the sentencing phase of his trial on Monday, and jurors are deciding whether to give him the death penalty for the worst mass shooting ever on a US military installation.
Nidal Hasan, a US-born Muslim, has admitted that he opened fire on unarmed soldiers at the sprawling Texas military base, wounding more than 30 others.
Hasan offered little defence as he represented himself in the trial, but he could take the witness stand during sentencing to say what he's told the military, judges and journalists: that the killing of US soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan was necessary to protect Muslim insurgents.
The judge repeatedly asked Hasan on Monday if he wanted to continue representing himself and told him it was "unwise to represent yourself, but it's your choice".