(Sketch by Brigitte Woosley)
FORT HOOD (August 13, 2013)-- FBI agents who collected evidence after the deadly November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood testified Tuesday in the court-martial of gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan that the crime scene was gruesome and chaotic.
Hasan, who’s charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center, could be sentenced to death if convicted.
FBI Special Agent Susan Miller testified Tuesday morning that the center was “gruesome.”
"It was very chaotic there were several bodies, medical equipment all over the floor, shell casings and magazines,” she said.
She testified that agents recovered 146 spent shell casings and six magazines inside the center after the rampage and said the agents eventually ran out of the markers they were using to identify evidence placement and used sticky notes instead.
Tuesday afternoon FBI Special Agent Brett Mills described what he saw when he walked into the center as “probably the worst scene that I'd ever seen."
Meanwhile Tuesday the New York Times reported that Hasan told mental health professionals who examined him after the rampage that he “would still be a martyr” if convicted and executed.
The statement was in a report that concluded Hasan was fit to stand trial that the newspaper obtained from the Army psychiatrist’s former attorney, John Gallligan.
Hasan, who's representing himself, has rarely spoken during the proceedings.