The standby attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has told a military judge that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan appears intent on receiving a death sentence.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said Wednesday at Hasan's trial that he is willing to step in and be Hasan's attorney. But if Hasan continues to work toward being executed, Poppe asked that his responsibilities as co-counsel be minimized.
Hasan then told the judge he objected to Poppe's description, saying: "That's a twist of the facts."
Judge Col. Tara Osborn then cleared the courtroom.
Hasan is representing himself at his trial but has attorneys on standby if needed.
On Monday, he told the court during a hearing that the evidence presented during the trial would "clearly show" he was the shooter.
Opening statements in the trial started Tuesday.