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Opening Statements in the Hasan Trial

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(KCEN) -- Opening statements began this morning in the case against the accused Fort Hood shooter MAJ Nidal Hasan.

Judge Osborn acknowledged that this case may provoke some powerful emotions.

The judge also asked that everyone carry on in a calm and quiet and dignified matter.

In opening statements, MAJ Steve Henricks said that the evidence will show that on November 5, 2009 Hasan was the lone gunman and had planned and prepared to kill as many soldiers as he could.

Henricks also said that the statements will show that MAJ Hasan was targeting those in uniform and that the motive behind his attack was that Hasan didn't want to deploy. He also stated that he had come to believe he had a Jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible.

Hasan's opening statement was short.

In Hasan's opening statement, he said that evidence will show that he is surely the shooter.

He also said that we are imperfect Muslims trying to put a perfect system in the world in the land of a supreme god.

"I was on one side, the American war on Islam, and switched sides. I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor," Hasan says.

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