FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a military base said Monday he'll represent himself at his upcoming murder trial with a "defense of others" argument, which requires him to show a threat was imminent.
Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys will remain on the case but only if he asks for their help, the judge said. Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.Maj. Nidal Hasan didn't elaborate when he announced his strategy, shortly after a military judge ruled that he was mentally competent to represent himself. But it was the first time he had hinted at his reasoning behind the attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen on Fort Hood in Texas.
Witnesses have said that on Nov. 5, 2009, a gunman wearing an Army combat uniform shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — "God is great!" in Arabic — and opened fire in a crowded medical building where deploying soldiers get vaccines and other tests. Witnesses said the gunman paused only to reload.
The government has said that Hasan, a U.S.-born Muslim, had sent more than a dozen emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. According to the emails released by the FBI, Hasan asked questions indicating he was already thinking about or planning the attack.
Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford said Monday that he expects Hasan will try to intimidate the more than two dozen soldiers wounded that day.
But Lunsford says he believes the soldiers will win in what he called a battle of wits.
The 42-year-old Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the 2009 attack.
At a hearing in May, Hasan told the judge that he wanted to plead guilty. But Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea to charges that could result in a death sentence.
Hasan on Monday asked for a three-month delay to prepare his new defense. The judge said she would rule at a hearing Tuesday. It's unclear if jury selection will be held Wednesday as scheduled.
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