After hours of deliberation, the military panel has not yet reached a verdict in the court martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan.
Legal experts told YNN the panel may take up to a full day to arrive at a verdict, since they must review all 45 of the charges brought against the Army psychiatrist.
Earlier in the day, both sides presented their closing arguments.
Col. Steve Hendricks gave the closing arguments for the prosecution and walked the courtroom through a mountain of evidence. Hendricks reminded the panel that Hasan researched, practiced and eventually executed his plan to kill as many soldiers as possible.
Representing himself, Hasan declined to offer a closing statement.
Hendricks emphasized that Hasan's radical Muslim ideals were his motive for the shootings.
Hasan never spoke up about his motive during the trial, but did make his intentions clear outside of the courtroom. The defendant released part of his physiological evaluation to the media, which clearly illustrates his radical view.
"His religion and his extreme view of Islam played a huge role in his thinking. That's clear in the documents,” Manny Fernandez, a reporter for the New York Times, said. “It's clear in the case the prosecutors made."
The panel will need two-thirds vote to find Hasan guilty in the charges that don’t carry the death penalty, but a unanimous verdict will be needed to sentence Hasan to execution for the capital crimes he’s accused of.
“All that has to happen is one of those members votes for life in prison without parole instead of death, and he doesn't get the death penalty. One," law professor Geoffrey Corn said.
Legal experts explained that the panel must also find Hasan guilty of at least two premeditated murder charges for him to be eligible for the death penalty.
The U.S. military has five members on death row, but has not executed one of their own since 1961.