Lawyer: Hasan intent on getting death sentence

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The standby attorney for the soldier charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has accused Maj. Nidal Hasan of deliberately charting a course toward a conviction and death sentence.

The assertion brought the trial at Fort Hood to an abrupt halt Wednesday. The trial will resume Thursday.

Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said he's willing to step in as Hasan's lawyer. But he asked that his responsibilities as co-counsel be minimized if Hasan, who is representing himself at trial, continues to work toward being executed.

Hasan responded: "I object. That's a twist of the facts."

The military judge then cleared the courtroom and recessed for the day.

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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