Hasan said ‘the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter. The dead bodies will show that war is an ugly thing.’
Hasan’s shocking opening statement came after prosecutors revealed that he had planned to ‘kill
as many soldiers as he could’.
Prosecutors teased the fact that Major Nidal Malik Hasan picked the date of the attack — November 5, 2009 — for a specific reason but left the packed courtroom waiting for an explanation.
Col. Steve Henricks gave his opening statement at the Texas base, which was under heavy security at the trial got underway Tuesday morning.
The trial will turn into a faceoff between the gunman and his victims since the suspect is representing himself and will be tasked with questioning his former peers who were once his targets.
Hasan has never denied carrying out the attack, and the facts of the case are mostly settled.
On the witness stand will be many of the more than 30 people who were wounded, plus dozens of others who were inside the post’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where some service members were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.