A judge yesterday ruled that Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, may represent himself during trial. Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole if he is convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder or 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
Aside from giving Hasan a platform to spew his jihadist rants, the move gives the terrorist an opportunity to grill the same people he tried to kill – including Sgt. Shawn Manning who was shot half-a-dozen times.
Via the Associated Press:
Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford says he will never forget locking eyes with the gunman who entered a Fort Hood building Nov. 5, 2009, and then unleashed a burst of gunfire into a crowd of soldiers preparing for deployment.
Retired Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning said he saw the gunman too, before he was shot six times as he sat in the front row of chairs waiting for routine medical tests.
Now the nearly three dozen soldiers wounded in the deadly attack on the Texas Army post are facing the prospect of being approached and questioned in court by the man many witnesses have identified as the gunman: Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Hasan plans on using a “defense of others” defense, claiming that he was protecting others from imminent danger, presumably his fellow Muslims in Afghanistan.
The unfolding events as you can imagine are difficult for Manning.
“It makes me sick to my stomach that he’d even (use that defense)”, he said.