High emotions, little spectacle at Fort Hood trial
By NOMAAN MERCHANT and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Maj. Nidal Hasan hasn't made disruptive outbursts while on trial for the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base. When soldiers pointed to him as the gunman, he forgoes his right to question them, diffusing expectations of tense exchanges.
For a long-awaited trial that figured to dramatically unfold over months, a swift finish without spectacle now seems more likely.
Military prosecutors on Wednesday were set to continue calling witnesses who have recounted - with vivid and heart-wrenching detail - the shooting massacre at Fort Hood to a jury of 13 high-ranking military officers.
But inside the small military courtroom at the Texas Army post, the atmosphere has been largely muted. The lack of drama has speeded up a trial that may now be finished early as next week.
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