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Local Residents React To Fort Hood Shooting Trial


Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan's court martial has officially begun, and many are sharing their thoughts regarding the trial and the impact it has had on local communities.

The jury selection phase of this trial is now underway after numerous pre-trial hearings and multiple delays that have plagued this trial from the beginning.

Local residents are speaking out on everything from why this trial has taken so long to get started to the financial impact it is having on taxpayers.

The shootings on Fort Hood happened back in November of 2009 and so far the trial is estimated to have cost the government at least 3-million dollars, a price many in the local community cannot believe.

"It's a shame that our government is wasting all of this money on that trial, and this man is defintiely guilty," Temple resident Billye Weaver said. "I just have a problem in a way with our justice system that if someone is blatantly guilty, then why prolong this trial and keep thinking it could go on and on."

At the start of the trial, Hasan objected to having to wear a military uniform for the duration of his court martial saying that he "doesn't take any pride in wearing the uniform" and that it "represents an enemy of Islam."

"He signed up years ago to be, of course he's American, but the fact that he is an Army soldier, with my dad being one, when you sign up and you swear that oath to protect this country against all enemies, domestic or foreign, it isn't based on religion or what you believe in," Killeen resident Anthony Ewell said. "It's based on the fact that you take the creed to defend this country."

Now the trial has officially started, those on social media have immediately begun to weigh in with comments such as "He shouldn't even have a trial" and "How do you think the families feel? How much more do they have to suffer?"

Hasan's court martial is expected to last into November or December of this year where Hasan could face either execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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