Tags: US | shooting | crime | military | court | trial

Lawyer: Fort Hood Shooter Is Seeking Death Penalty

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 12:08 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The US army psychiatrist who has admitted to opening fire on fellow soldiers in the Fort Hood massacre is deliberately seeking the death penalty, his stand-by defense attorney said Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Kris Poppe urged a military judge to either prevent Major Nidal Hasan from representing himself at the high-profile trial or else allow the court-appointed lawyers tasked with assisting him to be distanced from the case.

"It became clear his goal is to remove impediments and obstacles to the death penalty," Poppe told the court as the second day of Hasan's trial began.

Hasan interrupted Poppe, declaring "this is a twist of the facts" and insisting he was not trying to martyr himself.

Military judge Colonel Tara Osborn cleared the courtroom to discuss the matter privately with Hasan and then called an early end to the day's proceedings.

Hasan has repeatedly attempted to plead guilty to killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in the 2009 attack at a Texas military base.

Military law prohibits Hasan from pleading guilty to a capital offense and so he has been given the opportunity to try to convince the jury that he does not deserve death for his actions.

Now aged 42, Hasan was due to deploy to Afghanistan weeks after the attack. He has said he shot the soldiers to protect his fellow Muslims from an "illegal" war.

"The evidence will clearly show I am the shooter," Hasan declared in his opening statements Tuesday.

The statement, which lasted just a couple minutes, reiterated his radical views.

"We, the mujahedeen, are imperfect Muslims trying to establish a perfect religion in the land of the supreme God," Hasan said. "I apologize for any mistakes that I made in this endeavor."


© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Project Hopes To Connect Korean War Veterans With Photos

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 14:04 PM

For years, Korean War veteran Betty Perkins-Carpenter kept old wartime photos in envelopes in a file cabinet, but now th . . .

Willie Nelson's Braids to Hit the Auction Block

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 13:02 PM

Some of the most distinctive hair in American music is up for sale with Willie Nelson's trademark braids heading to the  . . .

Lawsuit Aims to Force California Cities to Share in Water Cutbacks

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 12:21 PM

A California law "selectively" imposes watering restrictions on farming areas to save fish species under the Endangered  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved