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Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood Gunman, Won't Talk Before Sentencing

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BELL COUNTY, TX - APRIL 9: In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who is charged with murder in the Fort Hood shootings, is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas. Hasan was transferred early April 9, 2010 from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas. (Photo by Bell County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images) | Getty

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has rested his case during his trial's penalty phase without calling any witnesses or testifying.

Maj. Nidal Hasan rested his case Tuesday without putting up a defense even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death. Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.

Hasan was convicted last week for the November 2009 shooting, which also wounded more than 30 people at the Texas military base.

Hasan also didn't testify or call witnesses during his trial. He questioned only three of prosecutors' nearly 90 witnesses.

But through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim tried to justify the attack as a way to protect Islamic leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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