Jury Deliberations Begin in Ft. Hood Massacre Trial

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Jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of the Muslim extremist charged with the 2009 massacre at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

It was the worst mass murder on a U.S. military base in history, leaving 14 people dead, including an unborn baby.

The trial has gotten very little major media coverage. When it came time to defend himself, Maj. Nidal Hasan refused to put up a fight.

"He just came in and said the defense rests," said Paul Weber, a writer for the Associated Press. "He didn't provide any case at all. He didn't call any witnesses. He didn't offer up any evidence."

Hasan is charged with the murder of 13 people and the attempted murder of 32 more at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.

But 14 actually died that day because one of the women he admits to shooting was pregnant.

An eyewitness testified she heard Pvt. Francheska Velez pleading with Hasan. The witness said she heard Velez say, "My baby... my baby."

Then there was a shot and her voice stopped.

During the trial, Hasan admitted the evidence would clearly show he was the shooter. He described himself as a soldier who had "switched sides."

He also told the military jury he was a Mujahideen -- an Islamic fighter engaged in a religious fight.

Hasan allowed his civil attorney to hand a report to the New York Times that showed he told military mental health workers he could "still be a martyr" if convicted and executed by the government. But Hasan denies claims he's trying to get a death sentence.

Meanwhile, many victims and their families are suing the government because they say political correctness kept the military from stopping Hasan.

Observers say, for whatever reason, the military missed the warning signs.

"I do compare this to the Boston bombing, that there were facts there that could have prevented it, that the FBI had, that did not share with the Boston police," Jessie Jane Duff, of Concerned Veterans for America, said.

"And I think that a lot of people that saw his radical behavior were not reporting it to the proper authorities, or those that did receive the information did not want to handle it for whatever reason and it is disappointing," he said.

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