Hasan: 'I would still be a martyr' if executed

Hasan trial sketch

Credit: Brigitte Woosley

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused Fort Hood shooter, in court for the prosecution's opening statements on August 6, 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood told mental health professionals after the attack that he "would still be a martyr" if convicted and executed by the government.

The remarks made by Maj. Nidal Hasan in 2010 are being made public at a time when his standby defense attorneys are insisting he's angling for a death sentence.

Hasan is representing himself as he faces charges for the attack that killed 13 people.

The New York Times obtained the statements by Hasan from a report that concluded Hasan was fit to stand trial. The newspaper obtained the documents from Hasan's former attorney, John Galligan.

Galligan didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.

Hasan has asked no questions of shooting victims during trial. Prosecutors were calling expert witnesses Tuesday.

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