Attorneys being forced to advise the soldier accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage were allowed to leave his trial on Friday so they could prepare an appeal arguing that the Army psychiatrist was angling for a death sentence.
Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base, but he has largely remained silent during the trial. He questioned none of the 10 witnesses who testified Friday morning, after allowing two of his three standby lawyers to leave to prepare their appeal.
Only his lead standby lawyer remained in the courtroom as testimony resumed, with witnesses describing a chaotic, bloody scene inside a crowded building at the Army post on Nov. 5, 2009.
His standby defense attorneys have accused him of seeking the death penalty and say they’ll ask an appeals court to step in to limit their responsibilities.