Maj. Hasan: Evidence will show 'I am the shooter'

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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:05 am | Updated: 7:06 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist who faces the death penalty for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood has told jurors that "the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter."

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan on Tuesday began his court martial with opening statements that lasted less than two minutes. He told jurors: "The evidence presented during the trial will only show one side."

The 42-year-old Hasan had wanted to argue that he shot U.S. troops to protect Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. But the judge forbade the American-born Muslim from using that defense.

Hasan was shot in the back during the rampage and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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