Nidal Hasan this afternoon was convicted on all counts in the 2009 massacre at Ft. Hood which left 13 people dead and 32 wounded, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The panel of 13 Army officers which convicted Hasan will now begin hearing evidence in the punishment phase of his trial, and Jeffrey Addicott, a former Army prosecutor who heads the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University, expects that decision to be made quickly.
"I don't expect Hasan will take the stand to offer any extenuation or mitigation," Addicott. "The paint brush that was painted at the trial is so vivid that everybody understands the great horror that was visited on this soldiers on that day in 2009."
The prosecution called 89 witnesses, including many of the victims, who told in vivid detail what it was like inside the Soldier Readiness Room at Fort Hood when Hasan jumped up onto a table and opened fire with a laser guided pistol. They heard stories of terror, stories of heroism, and stories about how many soldiers risked their lives trying to stop Hasan.
They also heard that, although Hasan claims to be fighting to protect the Taliban in Afghanistan and claims to want to be a 'martyr,' he actually may have acted out of cowardice. He told one fellow soldier that he didn't want to be deployed to a war zone, and said if he was deployed, "they will pay."
"I think there was no surprise here, I think most individuals thought that he would be convicted on all counts," Addicott said. "The jury spent a lot of time going over the evidence, and came to the conclusion that any reasonable person would reach."
Hasan, who acted as his own lawyer, did not present any witnesses or testify in his own behalf and he did not present a closing argument. He spent much of the trial simply listening to the testimony, occasionally politely responding to the judge's questions and only once or twice did he ask a question or cross examine a witness.