Testimony from medical examiners revealed that at leave five of those killed were shot while lying down. An FBI agent testified that Hasan's apartment was nearly barren when searched the night of the shootings, finding little more than a folding table and prayer mat.
Among the three witnesses Hasan questioned was his former supervisor, retired Lt. Col. Ben Phillips. Hasan mumbled rambling questions about "medical personnel initiating mercy killings" and a water supply in Iraq being contaminated with gas. He was cut off by prosecutors' objection, which was upheld by the judge.
Immediately after prosecutors rested their case Tuesday, the judge reminded Hasan that he could make a motion asking her to find him not guilty, if he believed prosecutors hadn't proven their case. Hasan — in a rare move — then turned to one of his standby attorneys, who flipped through a law book to point out the appropriate regulation.
Hasan read for several minutes, but when asked again by Osborn if he had any motion, he said: "I do not."
Evidence has largely been on prosecutors' side, but Osborn handed them a setback on Monday by blocking much of the evidence that they said would explain Hansan's motive.
That evidence included references to Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier sentenced to death for attacking fellow soldiers in Kuwait during the 2003 Iraq invasion. Prosecutors wanted to suggest that Hasan's attack was a "copycat," but the judge said such material would result in a "confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undo delay."
The military defense attorneys ordered to help Hasan during the trial have accused him of trying to secure himself a death sentence. They have asked that their responsibilities be cut back, but Osborn has denied their requests. They have remained in the courtroom, but Hasan rarely speaks to them.
The specter of an almost-certain appeal has hung over the long-delayed case. If Hasan gets a death sentence, the case would automatically go to the military appeals courts, which have overturned most of the death sentences they have reviewed.
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