FORT HOOD, TX (WTAQ) - Army Major Nidal Hasan rested his case Tuesday in the sentencing phase of his trial in the Fort Hood shooting massacre.
The 42-year-old Hasan did not testify, after victims’ relatives told military jurors about the grief he caused them.
Among those testifying was Jerri Krueger of Kiel. Her daughter Amy was one 13 people killed. Krueger said she lives with the loss every day. She recalled how frantic she was after hearing the initial bulletins about the massacre, desperately finding out if her daughter was okay.
Relatives were not allowed to condemn Hasan on the witness stand, or recommend his penalty. Some observers thought Hasan would testify about his previous comments that he committed the killings to protect Muslims in Afghanistan.
The sentencing hearing resumes Wednesday. Hasan could get life in prison – or he could become the first military member in 52 years to get the death penalty.
Russell Saeger of Mount Pleasant in Racine County was also killed at Fort Hood. Six Wisconsinites were among the 32 injured