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Closing Arguments Heard in Hasan Trial

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(KCEN) -- The fate of the accused Fort Hood shooter now lies in the hands of the jury.

This morning they heard closing arguments and just hours ago they set out to make their decision and it is a very detailed decision.

The jurors left the court room here on Fort Hood just before 2:00.

They have to go through all 45 counts, make sure they met the requirements and vote on them.

First they heard an hour and a half of closing arguments from the prosecution, and none from Hasan.

One by one the names of these 13 fallen Americans echoed through the court room as they jury heard the charges they were to decide.

In closing arguments, Colonel Steve Henricks set out to prove their murders were the result of calculated plan.

Quoting a witness who said Hasan told her, "They will pay" if he was forced to deploy.

The other motive presented by the prosecution was that Major Hasan came to believe he possessed a Juhid duty to kill as many soldiers as possible.

Hasan intently watched an FBI video of Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center draped with bodies and blood as it was played for the jury.

Henricks recapped how the Army psychiatrist stocked on weapons and ammo and increased target practice when he got his deployment orders.

He talked about how witnesses saw him spend a week scoping out the site of the attack where units he was set to deploy with would be on day of the attack, taking down a note that said "very busy" regarding the area where the most carnage would occur.

"He knew what he was going to do at station 13, a station that he made into his personal kill station," said Henricks.

Henricks said Hasan came ready and equipped for slaughter with 420 rounds of ammunition, using about half of it before police took him down.

According to retired Army Jag Officer Geoffrey Corn, "From a pure evidence standpoint the volume of fire is probative or tends to prove that this was not an uncalculated killing."

When it was Hasan's turn, all he said was, "The defense chooses not to make a closing statement."

It comes a day after his decision not to present a defense case.

The only defense he wanted to use was the defense of others but the judge wouldn't allow it, saying protecting the Taliban is not a valid defense.

"I think that's going to certainly be an issue raised on appeal, wether it's got any merits or not, I don't know," said Brad Glendening, military law expert.

Hasan is charged with 13 premeditated murders and 32 attempted premeditated murders for the November, 5 2009 massacre.

In order to impose death all 13 jurors need to find him guilty on one premeditated murder count and guilty by a 2/3 vote on a second premeditated murder charge.

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