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Testimony continues in day nine court-martial of U.S. v. Maj. Hasan

FORT HOOD, Texas — Court adjourned here early Aug 16 following three witnesses who testified for the government in the court-martial of U.S. v. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

Proceedings included testimony from two law enforcement officials who testified about how they secured more than 150 spent shell casings from a FN 5.7 handgun, eight magazines, and an FN 5.7 handgun outside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, here. Also secured on the scene was a .357 handgun still loaded with five live rounds.

The weapons used by Fort Hood Police officers Sgt. Mark Todd and Sgt. Kimberly Munley in their gunfight with Hasan were also entered into evidence.

Munley testified as to the events of the shootout, saying that shortly after her arrival on scene she began receiving gun fire, which she immediately returned.

The video tape from Munley’s police car dash camera was also shown to the panel, and dust clouds from rounds impacting the nearby parking lot could be seen between parked cars. The courtroom was silent as Munley described the moment her weapon, and the shooter’s weapon, jammed near the same time.

After testimonies concluded, the accused, Hasan, indicated that he has modified his witness list, removing his mitigation expert, Dr. Timothy Semmerling. While Semmerling may still testify, judge (Col) Tara Osborn allowed Hasan to resurrect the privilege protecting their communications and his work product. Hasan stated he still wishes to employ Dr. Semmerling as a mitigation expert to advise him.

The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

On Aug. 19 satellite trucks should report from 6-7 a.m. to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190.

Reporters and photographers should check in at 440 Plaza on Fort Hood Street, Killeen, Texas, from 6-7 a.m.

Note: Only those media outlets who have preregistered for the original June 5 Panel Selection and subsequent trial will be granted access.

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