“I had no way to medically evaluate his (Hasan) condition. I thought he was dead. He was prone on the ground and wasn't moving” - retired Maj. Clifford Hopewell, a doctor at Fort Hood, commenting on Major Nidal Hasan’s injuries. It was learned later that Hasan's wounds by Fort Hood policemen left him paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.
The following summarizes the second week (Aug 12-16, 2013) of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s court martial. He is on trial for the deaths of thirteen and wounding of 32 military and civilian victims in what has been described as a Muslim terrorist attack.
Judge Col. Tara Osborn reminded those in court that today’s testimony “may provoke powerful emotions” and warned them against emitting outbursts or displaying “headshakes of approval or disapproval”.
Eighteen witnesses testified today, most whom initially thought at first the event was a training exercise. Four of them identified Hasan as the person who shot them.
Only five witnesses testified today. FBI Special Agent Susan Martin testified to the large amount of evidence collected at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center (SRPC)
FBI Special Agent Brett Mills testified to recreating more than 58 bullet trajectories. Special Agent Kelly Jameson from the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) testified as to Hasan’s medical record and that Station 13 of the SRPC would provide the most casualties.
A video showing the carnage of Hasan’s action was played for the jurors. They also listened to several 911 calls that described the scene of the dead and wounded.
Judge Osborn ruled that prosecutors could not have access to unredacted medical evaluations that Hasan himself gave to the media. He also instructed jurors not to read these documents which are available on the Internet.
Four pathologists testified on the autopsies of six of thirteen victims who were killed by Hasan. The testimony was graphic in detail on how each of the victims died.
Testimony from forensic pathologists concluded today with their graphic descriptions of the deceased. One testified that Spec. Frederick Greene was shot twelve times as he charged Hasan.
Retired Maj. Clifford Hopewell identified Hasan as the shooter.
Two law enforcement officials testified that they recovered 150 spent shell casings from an FN 5.7 handgun, the gun itself, and eight magazines. Also recovered was a .357 handgun. The guns used by Fort Hood policemen Sgt. Mark Todd and Sgt. Kimberly Munley in their attempt to subdue Hasan were also entered into evidence.
The dash cam videotape from Munley’s car was also shown to the jurors. Munley provided testimony of her actions, which included Hasan had shot her twice in the leg.
Hasan was mostly quiet this week by continuing to ask few questions of the witnesses.