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Soldier shot 12 times during Fort Hood rampage

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A medical examiner says a soldier killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood suffered a dozen gunshot wounds that indicate he was trying to charge the gunman.

Lt. Col. Phillip Berran testified Thursday during the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base in what remains the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.

Berran testified that the body of Spc. Frederick Greene was riddled with bullet wounds that would be "consistent" with him trying to charge Hasan.

The pathologist reviewed photos of Greene's body for the judge before jurors were led into the courtroom.

 

 

After a few frenetic days in which more than 60 people testified, the pace has slowed as prosecutors call investigators and experts to describe how Hasan carried out the shooting.

On Wednesday, doctors who examined seven of the 13 killed described how some showed signs that they were shot while lying on the floor of a medical building.

The lead prosecutor seems to be a quality-control specialist, watching for any mistakes or oversights that could bolster an appeal.

Col. Michael Mulligan whispers to fellow prosecutors, prompting them to ask additional questions. He watches the jury and asks witnesses to slow down if jurors seem frustrated or unable to hear.

Such efforts may seem superfluous considering Maj. Nidal Hasan has put up little defense. But military appeals courts have overturned most death sentences they review.

Mulligan has served in high-level Army positions in Iraq, Germany and the U.S. But he's also a rarity in the military justice system because he's successfully put a soldier on death row.

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