The Army psychiatrist-turned-terrorist charged with gunning down Fort Hood soldiers waiting to deploy to Afghanistan said Tuesday his defense would show that he was compelled to do so because the troops posed an imminent danger to Taliban fighters.
The “defense of others” defense requires him to prove the killings were necessary to protect others from immediate danger or death.
Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 attack at the Army post in Texas.
At a hearing Tuesday, Osborn asked what evidence he had to support his defense. He said Taliban leader Mullah Omar and “leadership of the Taliban in general” were in immediate danger from American troops on the Texas Army post, because “the U.S. has attacked and continued to attack the Taliban.”
Osborn quickly interrupted Hasan, a day after telling him that he could not make speeches or try to testify when questioning witnesses.
Military law experts not involved in the case said they believe the judge won’t allow Hasan to present that defense.