Nidal Malik Hasan: 'The Evidence Will Clearly Show That I Am The Shooter'

08/06/2013 11:29 am ET | Updated Aug 06, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army psychiatrist who faces the death penalty for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood has told jurors that "the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter."

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan on Tuesday began his court martial with opening statements that lasted less than two minutes. He told jurors: "The evidence presented during the trial will only show one side."

The 42-year-old Hasan had wanted to argue that he shot U.S. troops to protect Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. But the judge forbade the American-born Muslim from using that defense.

Hasan was shot in the back during the rampage and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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