No Hasan verdict; jury excused until Friday morning
No verdict yet in the trial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Hasan declined to give a closing statement, and the panel of 13 military officers serving as a jury for the Army psychiatrist asked for a lunch break before starting deliberations shortly before 2 p.m.
Judge Tara Osborn also gave Hasan a break, of sorts: She announced that the court had asked for a cot to be brought in, so Hasan could lay down if he needed. A doctor had previously told the court that Hasan’s concentration will be affected if he has to sit upright for more than 12 hours a day.
Hasan, who is representing himself, was shot by police after the massacre and is paralyzed from the waist down.
The jury deliberated for about three hours before asking to reconvene the court. When the court was called into session at about 5:45 p.m., the jury asked to have police Sgt. Mark Todd’s testimony read back to them.
Todd is the officer who shot Hasan, and is the subject of one of the charges against him. He is also the only named victim who was not actually shot: The charge references Hasan shooting at Todd with the intent to kill him.
The prosecution said Todd is unable to speak due to an unrelated medical condition, so his testimony from a 2010 pre-trial hearing was read into the record as part of the trial.
After Larry Downend, of the prosecution team, read Todd’s testimony again, the jury asked to be excused until Friday morning.