Wednesday has been the shortest day in Major Nidal Hasan's court martial trial so far.
Just a few minutes after Judge Osborn called the court to order, Hasan simply said, "The defense rests." Osborn then recessed the military panel, sending jurors home until Thursday morning when closing arguments are set to begin.
In pretrial hearings, Hasan said he attacked the soldiers in order to protect Taliban leaders.
Osborn prohibited Hasan from using that “defense of others” argument in court, but Hasan may bring it up during closing arguments and sentencing.
Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.
In military courts, jurors must also consider lesser charges during deliberation. They include unpremeditated murder and attempted murder, aggravated assault and voluntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors argued voluntary manslaughter should not be considered because they have shown Hasan had a clear motive.
Officials say multiple family members will testify during sentencing. They will include family members from the 13 victims killed in the attack.