The military trial for the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage began under heavy security on Tuesday at the Texas base, and it seems likely to unfold as a faceoff between the gunman and his victims.
A military prosecutor opened the trial by saying that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan planned to “kill as many soldiers as he could.”
Col. Steve Henricks said prosecutors would show that Hasan picked the date of the attack — Nov. 5, 2009 — for a specific reason, though Henricks didn’t immediately reveal details.
Hasan is representing himself at the court-martial as he faces charges of murder and attempted murder for the attack that left 13 people dead. Over the next several weeks, he is expected to deliver an opening statement, to question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence.