Good morning from the MOC (Media Operations Center) on Fort Hood! It is day 13 in the court-martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Today is closing arguments. In theory, the jury could reach a verdict today. However, the going theory is that we won't have one until Friday. Hasan has done all he can to speed up this trial. And by "all he can," I mean he's done basically nothing.
His lack of defense has led to an expedited trial. The prosecution originally had 270 witnesses on their list. They called 89. They planned to recall every surviving shooting victim during sentencing. Now, I'm told, they will only call deceased victims' family members. At this clip, the 42-year-old Army psychiatrist could be sentenced early next week.
However, Hasan may be far more active in the sentencing phase.
For updates, check my Twitter feed @KDHcrime.
Eighty-two members of the media are here today, the most since the first day of trial. USA Today, Fox News, CNN, the Associated Press, Reuter's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, WBAP, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, regional television network affiliates and local TV are here.
Contact Philip Jankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.