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Fort Hood Prosecutors Want To Argue Hasan’s Motive

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In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who is charged with murder in the Fort Hood shootings, is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas. (credit: Bell County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who is charged with murder in the Fort Hood shootings, is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas. (credit: Bell County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The prosecution’s murder case against the soldier accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood is nearing its end, though it’s unclear how much jurors will get to hear about the shooter’s alleged motives.

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted of the massacre that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded.

The trial against Hasan enters its third week Monday. A judge is expected to rule on prosecution requests to introduce evidence about Hasan’s interest in “jihad” — a Muslim term for religious war or struggle. Hasan has already told jurors he was a soldier who “switched sides.”

Prosecutors have presented nearly 80 witnesses so far, including dozens of people who saw Hasan open fire on unarmed soldiers in a medical preparedness building.

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