Hasan offers no motive for shooting rampage at sentencing hearing

Aug. 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM
| License Photo

FORT HOOD, Texas, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Maj. Nidal Hasan, convicted in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, bypassed his last chance to explain his actions at his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

Hasan said simply, "The defense rests," when it was his turn to present testimony in the sentencing phase of his trial, the Killeen, Texas, Daily Herald reported.

Hasan was convicted Friday of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in a shooting rampage at the base that killed 13 and injured 32, making him eligible for the death penalty. The prosecution presented nearly 20 witnesses, relatives and friends of those killed, during the two-day sentencing hearing that ended with Hasan's terse statement.

The testimony tended to be heartbreaking explanations of loss and anger, CNN noted.

"When a parent loses a child, it creates an irreplaceable void. I live with that every day," said witness Jerri Krueger, whose daughter, Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, was killed.

A jury of 13 Army officers, all of whom outrank Hasan, will decide his punishment later this week, CNN said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: Nidal Hasan
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa targeted heavily in airstrikes