Ft. Hood – Michael Cahill fought back when the deadly onslaught of pistol fire commenced on Nov. 5, 2009.
Witnesses said they overheard him shout, “Is anyone going to stop this guy? A retired Chief Warrant Officer, Cahill worked as a civilian in the Soldier Readiness Center where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan targeted only soldiers wearing the Army's combat uniform.
He has been pronounced guilty unanimously by a 13-member General Court Martial of 13 specifications of premeditated murder and an additional charge of 32 specifications of premeditated attempted murder.
Chief Cahill was a “provider” who worked in a cubicle near the rear of the building where he performed medical tasks as a Physician's Assistant. He was wearing civilian clothing when he grabbed a folding chair and charged Hasan, using it as a battering ram to attempt to knock him off his feet. He died from multiple gunshot wounds, one of which pierced his body in the upper shoulder, plummeted down into his abdomen, and caused enough damage to stop his vital functions immediately.
His widow testified today, saying that she is slowly piecing her life and the lives of her family back together, now that they have lost “the glue that kept her family together.” A total of 20 witnesses testified as to the impact Hasan's admitted murderous assault has had on their their lives over the past two days.
Judge (Col.) Tara Osborn recessed Court for the morning when the prosecution rested its case in the sentencing phase.
It reconvened at 2 p.m. for the defense portion, which will consist on no witnesses and no evidence, according to Maj. Hasan.
It is unknown whether Hasan will testify on his own behalf.