Fort Hood shooting accused intent on receiving death sentence: Lawyer
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The standby attorney for the US Army psychiatrist accused in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting told a judge on Wednesday that Nidal Malik Hasan appears intent on receiving a death sentence.
Mr Kris Poppe said he is willing to step in and defend Hasan, who is representing himself at his trial and has attorneys on standby if needed. But if Hasan continues to work toward being executed, Mr Poppe asked that his responsibilities as co-counsel be minimized.
It is "clear his goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty," he said.
In response, Hasan said: "I object. That's a twist of the facts."