Michael Adebolajo, who is accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, has begun giving evidence at the Old Bailey.
Adebolajo is in the witness stand for the start of the defence case.
He denies murdering Middleton soldier Lee Rigby.
The jury at the Old Bailey has heard that Fusilier Lee Rigby was still alive after he'd been struck by a car driven by the two men accused of killing him.
Michael Adebolajo told Met Police the attack on the young soldier was nothing personal and that he had no vendetta against Fusilier Rigby's family.
His statements came on the final day of evidence by the prosecution against Adebolajo and his co-accused Michael Adebowale.
The Old Bailey heard Fusilier Lee Rigby was an "extremely professional, popular and witty soldier" with an "outgoing personality".
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC read a statement to the court from retired brigadier Ian Liles, who said Fusilier Rigby had a "natural affinity with young people".
He said: "Fusilier Rigby was a larger than life personality who was well-known and liked by all who came across him, regardless of rank or status.
"His loyalty and work ethic were beyond reproach, and no matter how arduous the task, he carried it out to the best of his ability and always with a smile on his face."
The trial has been adjourned until Monday.
Jurors in the Lee Rigby murder trial have been told extremist material, which the prosecution claims belongs to defendant Michael Adebolajo, was found when they searched his father's house.
This included one book called Extreme Islam, in which the passages "Allah does not like any drop more than the drop of blood shed in his way" and "Martyrdom means transfusion of blood into society" had been highlighted.
The memory card in his BlackBerry phone also contained documents and lectures on the same topics, the court heard.
Michael Adebolajo said he had come to admire one politician Nigel Farage - leader of UKIP he said he had grown an affection for him.
Adebolajo says in police interview he doesn't hate the family of Lee Rigby. Thy are sitting in court watching this
Adebolajo showing emotion in police interview says when lee Rigby crossed in front of him it was like he wasn't in control of himself
Adebolajo says he sees Lee Rigby like the non Muslim version of myself.. A man willing to give his life & fight for his country.
The Lee Rigby murder trial about to get underway, delayed by an hour after a juror mistook the start time.
During a police interview Michael Adebolajo said it "just so happened Lee Rigby was the soldier we spotted first. Almost as 'if Allah had chosen him."
Michael Adebolajo said he could see Lee Rigby was still alive after they hit him with a car. The most humane way to kill is to cut the neck.
The family of Lee Rigby were listening as Michael Adebolajo described how he killed the soldier and said he didn't want to cause him pain.
Michael Adebolajo kept referring to the family of Lee Rigby - his relatives were watching intently, some shaking their heads.
Lee Rigby's parents, sister Sara and his fiancee Aimee West are back at the Old Bailey as the prosecution expects to finish its part of the case today.
A number of jurors were seen in tears yesterday in court, looking at a series of exhibits including bloodstained knives and a machete and the Fusilier's clothing.
The jury will be shown more police interviews with one of the defendants Michael Adebolajo.
A number of recordings was shown to the court of him being interviewed.
He told officers he was a 'soldier of Allah' in a war between Muslims and the British people.
He walked out of police interviews when he was asked why he'd killed Fusilier Lee Rigby.
The defendants have arrived at the Old Bailey ahead of day five of the trial into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
The trial of 2 men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby is due to hear more evidence later.
He died near his barracks in Woolwich.
A jury's heard Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale showed "no regret or remorse" while being interviewed by a forensic psychologist.
They both deny murder.