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Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:20 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD - "A '1' for Spc. (Jason Dean) Hunt," the prosecutor said.

"A '2' for Staff Sgt. (Justin M.) DeCrow."

"A '3' for Sgt. (Amy) Krueger."

"A '4' for Capt. (Russell) Seager."

"A '5' for Spc. (Kham) Xiong."

"A '6' for Spc. (Frederick) Greene."

"A '7' for Mr. (Michael Grant) Cahill."

"An '8' for Pfc. (Aaron Thomas) Nemelka."

"A '9' for Capt. (Eduardo) Caraveo."

One by one, the prosecutor asked the special agent to point out where he found bodies of the dead. A corresponding number was written at each spot on a diagram of Building 42003.

Nine of the 13 killed Nov. 5 died inside the medical building at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

Four more - Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, Capt. John Gaffaney, Pvt. Francheska Velez and Pfc. Michael Pearson - died at local hospitals.

Three died at Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and one at Killeen's Metroplex Hospital.

Wednesday was the seventh day of testimony in the Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood.

Prosecutors and Hasan's defense team will present evidence during the hearing. An investigating officer overseeing the Article 32 will determine if there is enough evidence for the case to be referred to a court-martial.

Testimony began Oct. 12 and was set to go through the end of the month, though prosecutors indicated Wednesday they will be done today. The prosecution is scheduled to begin its case Nov. 8 and that will be discussed today in court.

On the scene

Testimony from witnesses Wednesday detailed what happened outside the medical building during the shooting and physical evidence found on the scene.

The Criminal Investigation Division special agent who helped construct a diagram of body locations, Kelly Jameson, testified that two of the deceased were found in the southeast corner of the building. They were Hunt and DeCrow.

The rest were found in the seating area for Station 13. Many testified in the last week the area was full of soldiers waiting to get their final medical checks that Nov. 5.

Jameson, who took photos and video in the medical building after the shooting, said four empty 20-round magazines and two empty 30-round magazines were recovered inside. Special Agent Duane Mitchell worked to recover evidence outside and said 10 magazines were collected at the outdoor crime scene. Three of those were empty.

Investigators found 146 expended rounds on the crime scene in the medical building and 68 expended rounds outside. Of the ammunition found in the shooter's possession after he was subdued, 177 rounds were not expended.

The recovered casings, found to be 5.7x28 mm, all matched the weapon found on the shooter, Jameson said.

Maj. Steven Richter, who tried to clear the weapon after it was out of the shooter's hands, testified the rounds were the diameter of a No. 2 pencil, had blue tips and were about 2.5 inches long.

Mitchell also testified that two laser sights - a red and a green - were affixed to the weapon. Mitchell's research found the green laser was suited for daylight conditions and the red was best for the dark. Both required watch-like batteries to operate.

Investigators found a vehicle registered to Hasan in the north parking lot at the processing site, Mitchell said. Inside, they found receipts for watch-like batteries from two different local chain stores. One was dated Nov. 2, the other Nov. 3.

Also in the courtroom Wednesday:

Jameson discussed an investigation into issues discussed in court Friday when a 20th Engineer Battalion soldier testified he recorded two cell phone videos during the shooting. The soldier said he was directed to destroy the videos Nov. 5 by a noncommissioned officer who was given the order by an officer.

Jameson said the videos were recorded inside the main processing building - also known as the Sports Dome - not the medical building, and included footage of the treatment of a wounded soldier.

A civilian contractor was at the nearby Howze Theater taking photos of a graduation ceremony and photographed Hasan walking in front of a processing building next to the theater, Jameson said. Those photos were submitted into evidence, though not displayed in court.

The 13 victims' remains were sent to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. Their autopsy findings were submitted to Pohl in red file folders as evidence Wednesday.

Hasan's defense team argued the reports shouldn't be submitted because they were denied a chance to hire an expert to examine the autopsies and information in them could be used down the road. A prosecutor said they were simply submitted to show proof that 13 people died as a result of the Nov. 5 shooting.

Pohl overruled the defense saying he could only take into account the deaths and their causes.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at astair@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7547. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary or www.facebook.com/astairrett.

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