Fort Hood massacre trial could end soon

9:16 AM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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FORT HOOD, Tex. (USA TODAY) - The court-martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of killing 13 American soldiers here four years ago, was nearing its end Monday as it enters its third week. Prosecutors, who have called nearly 80 witnesses so far, could wrap up their case in the next few days.

Hasan, who is representing himself, has rarely cross-examined witnesses or mounted much of a defense, speeding the case significantly. Hasan, 42, could face the death penalty if convicted. He's accused of killing 13 people and injuring another 31 in an on-base shooting rampage Nov. 5, 2009.

He could be the first person the military puts to death in five decades.

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