August 6th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Fort Hood Trial Begins

It’s expected to be a dramatic day in court as the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gets underway.

Major Nadal Hasan is charged with murdering 13 people and attempting to kill 32 more in the 2009 terror attack on a U.S. Army base.

Acting as his own attorney, Hasan will question some of the very people he's accused of shooting.

While he only plans to call two witnesses of the 32 survivors from the massacre, “when prosecutors bring some of them to the stand, Hasan, himself, will be doing the cross-examination,” reports CNN's Chris Lawrence. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

“Hasan's former attorney says he’s got a right to represent himself, even if survivors have to be subjected to his questions.”

Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin says it will be up to the judge in the case to make sure the victims are treated properly on the stand.

“If she does the right thing, if she does her job well, she will do what it takes to protect the process and also protect the victims,” Hostin says. (WATCH VIDEO)

Hostin suspects Hasan, who had offered to plead guilty but was denied by the prosecution, will likely take the witness stand in his own defense.

“It’s gonna be a dance that they’re gonna do in the courtroom," Hostin says.

Believed to be a death penalty case, the president would have to authorize the death penalty if Hasan is convicted, an unprecedented move.

“You're talking about a man who was in the military, a psychiatrist, who killed his fellow soldiers,” Hostin says. “I can't imagine that a president wouldn't authorize the death penalty, so it's gonna be a first on many levels.”

Visit CNN.com for developments on the trial.

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