FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 comrades and wounding more than 30 delivered his own opening statement in his court-martial Tuesday, declaring, “I am the shooter.”
Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the 2009 massacre at Ford Hood, Texas. Testimony in his long-delayed court-martial began Tuesday morning at the post, the largest U.S. Army installation.
“The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter,” Hasan told the panel that will decide his fate. “The evidence presented with this trial will show one side. The evidence will also show that I was on the wrong side. I then switched sides.”
Hasan, a U.S.-born citizen of Palestinian descent, had been scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan before the killings. He is charged with opening fire on fellow soldiers in a processing center where they were preparing to ship out for Afghanistan and Iraq.
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