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Fort Hood Suspect Face Death Penalty In US Military Court


Major Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood rampage in November, 2009, could face the death penalty as an option in his military court in Texas.

The commanding general for the Fort Hood military post, where the rampage occurred, announced that Hasan will face 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, but still no time was set for the military court where Hasan is expected to plead not guilty, according to military law.

John Galligan, Hasan’s lead attorney, had urged the commanding general not to seek death penalty but instead life imprisonment without parole for killing 13 soldiers and wounding 30 others at the Soldier Readiness Center in Texas.

A military panel previously determined that Hasan is competent to stand trial in his mental state. While he is now paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by the police, Hasan is still arraigned at a local jail nearby Fort Hood, Texas awaiting his trial.


KUNA is the Kuwait News Agency

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