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High emotions, little spectacle at Fort Hood trial

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Aug 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 08:12:18-04

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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