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July 6, 2011

Fort Hood shooter to face court martial with death penalty in play

As detailed in this new Reuters piece, which is headlined "Fort Hood shooting suspect to face court martial," a mass murder on a military base is now on the path to be the subject of a military trial.  Here are the basic details:

A U.S. Army psychiatrist charged in a 2009 killing rampage at a Texas military base will face a court-martial where he could be sentenced to death, a military official ruled on Wednesday.  Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 40, who U.S. officials have linked to a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen, is charged in the Fort Hood shootings killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.

Lieutenant General Donald Campbell, Fort Hood's commander, referred Hasan's case to a general court martial which "is authorized to consider death as an authorized punishment," according to a statement issued by Fort Hood.

A date has not been set for the court martial, the statement said.  The first likely step would be for a military judge to inform Hasan of his rights at an arraignment, it said.

According to witnesses who testified at evidentiary hearings at Fort Hood in 2010, Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is Greatest" -- just before opening fire on a group of soldiers undergoing health checks before being deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hasan is confined to a wheelchair after he was paralyzed from the chest down by bullet wounds inflicted by civilian police officers during the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting.

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I hope this man feels the pain of the death penalty because look at all those families and our armed force that were killed. I have no simply for this man. I pray and hope that the families of this tragic escapade that the army should have known about him with all the complaint at Walter reed medical center are trying to heal; I know it will never go away, and they will always be in our hearts. I know my Army husband will always be in my heart, died because of this war.

Posted by: Robbins | Jul 22, 2011 10:08:52 PM

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