Prosecutor says Hasan thoroughly planned the shooting

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Prosecutor says Hasan thoroughly planned the shooting

CREATED Aug. 6, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A prosecutor in Texas has told jurors that the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage thoroughly planned the attack.

In opening statements today, the prosecutor said Maj. Nidal Hasan had stockpiled bullets, spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition. He says Hasan then tried to "kill as many soldiers as he could."

In his own opening statement, Hasan said the evidence would show he was the shooter -- and that he was among "imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion." He said, "I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor."

Hasan doesn't deny killing 13 people and wound 32 others in a November 2009 rampage on the Texas base. He 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.

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