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As alert now because the military property accused Fort Hood shooter -- -- -- resuming at this hour.
In Texas after -- first statement took -- bizarre -- return rather when the former army psychiatrist representing himself.
Told jurors this quote.
The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter the dead bodies -- showed that war is an ugly thing.
Jeff King military lawyer former marine judge advocate my guest this morning sir good morning to you at a Dallas Laurinaitis is already tried to plead guilty.
So he has a stage.
And a significant one -- that how do you see this play.
Right to and I think it's inevitable to everyone in that courtroom to include -- sign.
That there is going to be a conviction in this case because as you said he's already tried to plead guilty but the law says that if you.
Are facing death as a potential punishment that you cannot plead guilty.
And so this is still going to be a long trial a lot of people think why can't the government has put on a couple witnesses and called a day.
And it can't happen like that because as history has shown the military.
Is not good act prosecuting death penalty cases.
The last excuse was in 1961 and since then there have been several convicted and sentenced to death.
But they've all been overturned and so the government here is being very very careful to make sure that they.
Cover all their bases they're gonna call all the witnesses they have to use of that is stands at two -- scrutiny once this case then that's -- really interest in perspective there would.
Will he do you believe give be given the death sentence ultimately.
I think so I mean you know it it it's happened before it is militant members have been sentenced to death.
But it just -- -- hasn't received this sort of media attention so people don't really know that but.
It's kind of -- can do.
In a smaller state that has -- -- on the books.
But there's a really use it a whole lot and in this case I think that the government has all the evidence they need to go after the death penalty and I think that this jury will come to that conclusion.
Here here's another quote from yesterday in court quoting now we the Mujahedeen.
Are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion.
I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor that was part of his.
What two minute opening statement from yesterday you have to assume that that the mistakes he's apologizing for is that -- Farrior was able to carry out what -- -- it.
I you know was good to be on the mujahideen fighter in an exact more change in America.
He clearly has an objective in this trial and he will try and question the -- -- he tried to kill.
Well the judge allow that.
We asked the judges got to allow.
Him to question witnesses to the point of it becoming irrelevant and he -- mention his.
He's using this is a four -- to exact his agenda.
Is it is near religious beliefs and why he did what he did.
They've got that judge is going to allow him to question all the witnesses -- -- needs to question he's representing himself he has his own lawyers and he's going to be allowed to do that.
But the court is again watching very carefully to make sure that he keeps his questions relevant.
Because -- goes outside those lines and does something to.
You know I offended one of the witnesses for no reason or just to talk about his religious beliefs.
And push that on any witnesses I think the judge will shut that down right away try to help me understand -- question anyway he has.
Already admitted to killing in his intention for the killing.
Why is he allowed to question these witnesses that.
Well because that's what the loss.
But as yesterday -- I don't think he's going to be questioning all of the victims in this case.
A victim Marty testified yesterday and -- -- on sat there and and decide not to ask many questions at all.
Because as you said he's articulate he's admitted being the -- so there's really nothing to -- gain.
From questioning a witness who is just they're just divided this is the guy who shot -- You as a member of the US military what concerns do you have about the stage he's given here.
I mean have been the same concerns everyone has worried about.
Security of everyone involved and I think they've taken probable causes that matter not been -- that courthouse actually for -- couple months ago and and it already was -- was.
-- -- -- -- areas and -- watchtowers and things of that nature so you know there have been threats in the past I think there there's evidence of that in this case in fact.
And so you know you just wanna make sure -- -- gets out of this okay.
You know there was one thing the prosecutors presented yesterday that I get to hear about.
They believe he he staked out the particular time of day.
Trying to figure out when the most the highest number of people are -- in this this processing facility and that's when he decided to strike.
Any setting quoting again the evidence -- -- show I was on the wrong side but then I switch sides and that's certainly must be chilling.
For the victims who have survived in the family members looking through this by Jeffrey sir thank you for your time out of Dallas with that you know -- when he met.
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