After years of delays, the trial of the Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 mass shooting at a military processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, is underway today under heavy security.
Hours before the trial was set to start, guards with long assault rifles stood watch outside the courthouse. The building is almost entirely hidden by 15-foot-tall stacks of heavy, shock-absorbing barriers that extend to the roof line.
Major Nidal Hasan will represent himself at the court-martial charging him with murder and attempted murder for the attack that left 13 people dead and more than thirty others wounded.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Nathan Bernier of KUT in Austin, Texas, takes a look back at the events that led to this moment.
This segment aired on August 6, 2013.