Fort Hood shooter willing to share key evidence with prosecutors
FORT HOOD, Texas (REUTERS) - The United States (US) Army psychiatrist who admitted killing 13 soldiers in a 2009 shooting rampage at a Texas army base offered on Wednesday to share with prosecutors a confidential and potentially damaging report in which he said he wanted be a martyr.
The offer could further weaken the defence of Major Nidal Hasan, 42, who is acting as his own attorney in a court-martial on 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of premeditated attempted murder.
Standby defence lawyers assigned to assist Hasan have said they believe he is actively seeking the death penalty.
In the medical report in question, Hasan told a panel of evaluators he had hoped to die while carrying out "jihad" because it would signal God had designated him as a religious martyr.