Regional
11:48 am
Wed April 20, 2005

Defense Rests In Akbar Trial

Fort Bragg, NC – The defense in the court-martial of Army Sergeant Hasan Akbar says its called its last witness.
Prosecutors may present rebuttal witnesses today in the trial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina...possibly an Army psychiatrist who examined Akbar soon after the attack in Kuwait.
The judge told the jury yesterday that he expects they'll hear closing arguments Thursday.
Akbar is charged with two counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder. He allegedly rolled grenades into tents in the middle of the night and then fired on soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell.
Two officers were killed, 14 others injured in the attack.
Prosecutors say Akbar planned his attack on fellow soldiers and told investigators he carried out the attack because he was worried U. S. forces would harm fellow Muslims.