Army Major Hidal Hasan's Sentencing Phase of Trial Wraps Up

Army Major Hidal Hasan's Sentencing Phase of Trial Wraps Up

The Army Major who carried out a horrific shooting rampage at a Texas military base, giving up his last chance to defend himself.
The Army Major who carried out a horrific shooting rampage at a Texas military base, giving up his last chance to defend himself.

With that, the sentencing phase of the trial wraps up.

7 people take the witness stand and among them is Joleen Cahill.  Her husband Michael Cahill was the only civilian killed in the shooting rampage in November 2009.  She says one of the hardest things is that she no longer hears her husband's footsteps entering their home.  She says, "No one to come home at night.  No conversation."

Another witness, Philip Warman says that after he was informed about his wife Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Warman's death, he started drinking.  He also asked his friend to take away weapons in his house because he could not trust himself although he didn't tend to be suicidal.

The 42 year old Army Psychiatrist was convicted of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others.  It was the deadliest mass murder ever at US military base.

Prosecutors trying to convince jurors to sentencing Hasan to death.

"Multiple killings is a major aggravating factor.  In this particular case, unlike in a civilian case, you have killing a military officer as an aggravating factor and those two alone make this case just basically a textbook case for the death penalty."

Hasan is acting as his own defense attorney but he did not call any witnesses or make a statement in the sentencing phase before resting his case.

The jury of 13 military officers must be unanimous for the death penalty.
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