August 7th, 2013
12:01 PM ET

Major Hasan Admits to Fort Hood Shooting

The court-martial of Major Nidal Hasan got off to a shocking start yesterday.

Hasan wasted no time admitting to the crime.

"The evidence will clearly show I am the shooter," Major Hasan declared in opening statements.

Charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, Hasan is acting as his own attorney in the heavily secure trial.

“I was on the wrong side and I switched sides,” Hasan adds.

“Prosecutors say he felt a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible and that he was targeting soldiers preparing to fight in Afghanistan,” reports CNN's Ed Lavandera. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

But the judge in this case has ruled that the defendant will not be able to argue or present evidence for that line of defense, which Major Hasan's former criminal attorney and current civil attorney, John Galligan, considers a “glaring omission in due process for Major Hasan.” (WATCH VIDEO)

“I'm just concerned that down the road his sixth amendment right in that regard has been frustrated by the judge's ruling,” Galligan says.

“I just believe that every criminal defendant has the right, and I think it's been denied here….I don’t believe in this court martial you’re gonna hear from him.”

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