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Witnesses Spoke in Hasan Trial

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(KCEN) -- Twelve witnesses spoke today in the Hasan trial.

David Cheadle was called first to speak.

Cheadle is the manager at Guns Galore and he explained the experiences that he had with Hasan.

"MAJ Hasan asked for a demonstration on how to assemble, disassemble, and clean the weapon," said Cheadle. "He asked to record me going through these steps of assembly and disassembly."

The video of this was shown in court on a cell phone.

He recalls on another day that, "He had bought at that point magazine and magazine extensions that day plus some other ammunition, and we put those magazines together for him too."

Fredrick Brannan was called third to speak.

Brannan is a Guns Galore employee and recalls selling a weapon to Hasan.

Brannan said he said Hasan every Friday and that he would buy ammo and additional magazines for extension ion kits.

Brennan was asked if he ever noticed an increase in an amount purchased. Brennan responded, "It was gradual. As he bought additional magazines, he bought additional ammo every time he went shooting."

When asked if that was odd, Brennan replied, "The shear quantity of ammo being bought was expensive. Most people don't have two or three-hundred dollars to spend on an afternoon shooting session."

When asked if Brennan ever asked Hasan why, Brennan responded Hasan told him that when he went to the range, he wanted to spend his time shooting and not loading. That he would load the mags while watching TV at home.

Tracy Holm was called sixth to speak

Holm is an FBI Office Support Tech/Evidence Response Team member.

Holm recalled her time looking at Hasan's apartment.

When speaking about his apartment, "It was surprising. There wasn't much furniture."

She said a neighbor told her that Hasan had given the neighbor items in his apartment.

Retired LTC Ben Phillips was called seventh to speak.

LTC Phillips is a former LTC Chief of Behavioral Health at Darnall Hospital.

When asked about Hasan's reaction to deployment, LTC Phillips said that Hasan was relatively calm and collected. Also that Hasan indicated to him that he was not surprised he would be selected to deploy since he was one of the new officers to come in.

Once COL Mike Mulligan was done asking questions to LTC Phillips, Hasan decided to ask some.

Hasan asked LTC Phillips if he remembers filling out his OER before the November 5 incident.

LTC Phillips said he did and that he selected 'Outstanding Performance' and 'Must Promote' for Hasan's OER. In another section, 'Best Qualified' was checked.

LTC Phillips said he always checks those because he always does, unless he wanted to end an officer's career.

The officer evaluation was entered as evidence.

Pat Sonti was called eighth to speak.

Sonti is from Copperas Cove and had met Hasan at the Killeen Islamic Center.

He said he saw Hasan there two or three times a week.

Sonti says that at 6:30 a.m. on November 5, 2009, Hasan usually asks someone to call for prayer, but "Major Hasan instead went forward and took the mic over to call for prayer." Sonti was asked if that was startling, he replied, "Yes. He bid goodbye and told the congregation that he was going home."

 

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