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FBI: Fort Hood rampage suspect's home nearly empty

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An FBI agent who searched the home of the soldier accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage says his apartment was nearly empty.

FBI agent Donna Cowling testified Friday during the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's accused of killing 13 people and injuring more than 30 others at the Texas military base.

Cowling told jurors she led a team to Hasan's apartment in Killeen, near the Army post, the night of the attack.

She said there was no furniture, only a card table, a prayer rug and a shredder. On the table was a package for a pistol laser sight, rubber bands and paper towels.

Witnesses have testified that Hasan stuffed paper towels in his pockets before the attack to muffle the sound of his ammunition.

Also in court, witnesses have started to describe what happened outside the medical building where Hasan allegedly opened fire on unarmed soldiers.

Prosecutors called an FBI agent and others who witnessed and investigated what happened after Hasan left the Soldier Readiness Processing Center building where the shootings occurred.

Two police officers helped take down Hasan, paralyzing him in the process.

For two days, pathologists described how dozens of bullets hit and killed 13 people.

Hasan is representing himself. He has remained mostly silent throughout testimony.

He could face the death penalty if convicted of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder.

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