Closing arguments made in Fort Hood trial, panel begins deliberations

Maj. Nidal Hasan

After just over two weeks, trial counsel Col. Steven Hendricks gave the governmentâ??s closing argument in the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Hasan is accused of murdering 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood back in 2009.

During closing statements, the government said that Hasan had two motives for the shooting.

It says the first motive was that Hasan did not want to be deployed. If he was deployed, he said, â??they will pay.â??

The other motive they argue was that Hasan believed he possessed a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as he could.

Hasan, who represents himself, chose not to give a closing argument.

As the panel began deliberations, they were told by the judge that in order for the death penalty to remain an option, they must have a unanimous verdict on the capital offenses of premeditated murder.

Hasan is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.