Ft. Hood Shooting Suspect Hearing Begins

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Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army officer accused of killing 13 people and injuring 32 others in a terror attack at Fort Hood, faced the military court that will determine the fate of his trial, Tuesday.

At Tuesday's hearing, witnesses described the Nov. 5, 2009 attack.  It was the worst mass shooting at an American military base in U.S. history.

Joleen Cahill, wife of Michael Cahill, a physician's assistant who was among those killed in the shooting, said she just kept waiting to hear from her husband.

"I got more scared because I didn't hear," Cahill said. "I just kept hoping that he was okay, and the girls were making all the phone calls to check to see if he was in the hospital or anything else."

Nate Hull, a relative of one of the victims, said his brother was preparing to deploy to Iraq when he was shot by Hasan.

"He was standing in this facility where everybody was in line," Hull said. "He was at the back there was a door between him and the shooter and he said he heard him come in and say 'Allah hak Allah,' something to that nature, and shot him in his leg and then kept shooting everybody and then walked back up on him, because he was crawling and shot him two more times in the back."

The Article 32 hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to put the army psychiatrist on trial. The hearing is expected to last at least three weeks.

Bill Wentlandt, a retired Army staff sergeant, said if the shooting had occurred in the field, Hasan wouldn't have received a hearing.

"Hang him," Wentlandt said. "I can do it in two seconds, other than that, these are my brothers and sisters out here. OK, even if I'm not active duty, they're my brothers and my sisters. And some [soldier] got on post and killed some of my brothers, and some of my sisters, and wounded some of my brothers and sisters. This is unacceptable. In combat, I'd kill him for it."

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