Prosecutors give closings in Fort Hood trial

Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-22 12:48:05-04

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Military prosecutors say the soldier on trial for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage had planned the attack.

The prosecutor, Col. Steve Henricks, asked jurors during his closing argument Thursday to unanimously convict Maj. Nidal Hasan of premeditated murder. That would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

Henricks says "there's no doubt" that Hasan carried out the attack, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Texas Army post on Nov. 5, 2009.

Henricks says Hasan asked for the highest-tech weapon available when he went to a gun store a few months before the attack and then began practicing. Hasan also used laser sights, which Henricks says "established intent to kill."

Hasan is acting as his own attorney but has done little to defend himself.

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