The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter, is moving forward with emotional testimony from eyewitnesses.
Hasan is on trial for killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at the Texas Army base in 2009.
His backup legal team had asked to be excused, saying the defendant has a death wish. But presiding Judge Col. Tara Osborn denied their request.
"I will make it easy for you," Osborn told them. "I've given you an order…and that relieves you of every ethical liability."
The lawyers said that's a violation of their professional ethics and plan to appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses took the stand to describe the chaos of the 2009 shooting rampage.
Sgt. Inga Campbell, a nurse, described discovering the body of Sgt. Justin Decrow, whom she had just helped get a medical waiver so he could deploy.
"I just saw blood…he was out…I just couldn't…there was no breath," Campbell recalled.
Another eyewitness said she heard Pvt. Francheska Velez pleading with Hasan.
Velez had discovered she was pregnant while on deployment and was at the Readiness Center to "process out" when Hasan starting shooting.
She said Velez stared Hasan in the eyes, begging "my baby, my baby." Then there was a shot and her voice stopped.
Sgt. 1st Class Maria Guerra described what she saw moments after the shooting rampage, her voice breaking as she recalled the scene.
"I see bodies. I see bodies everywhere and I see blood. No one is moving. There was no movement. There was no sound so I yelled out, 'Is everybody okay?' I started hearing 'help me, I'm bleeding. I've been shot. Help me," Guerra said.
Hasan remained silent in court. He avoided eye contact and only objected once to testimony. He has yet to ask a single question.
The trial is expected to take weeks, possibly months.
More emotional testimony is still to come as many of those who were wounded take the witness stand.