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Fort Hood Gunman To Face 13 Murder Charges In Military Court

by @ 1:13 pm on November 12, 2009. Filed under In The News

Well, that didn’t take long:

Military prosecutors say they will charge Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder, a government official told NBC News.

An announcement will be made Thursday at a press conference at Fort Hood, officials said.

Hasan, 39, is accused of opening fire at Fort Hood’s crowded Soldiers Readiness Processing Center, where troops get medical checkups before deploying abroad. The rampage is described as one of the worst mass shootings on an American military base.

A civilian police officer is credited with stopping the gunman who killed 13 people and wounded 29 others.

Authorities decided to charge Hasan in a military court, officials said. Additional charges may be filed; however, the murder counts are the most serious of offenses, officials told NBC News.

It was not yet decided whether to charge Hasan with a 14th count of murder related to the death of the unborn child of a pregnant shooting victim.

Hasan will be eligible for the death penalty in a military court, although it’s worth noting that death penalty has not been imposed by a military court since 1961.

4 Responses to “Fort Hood Gunman To Face 13 Murder Charges In Military Court”

  1. Let's Be Free says:

    Timothy McVeigh was the first Federal prisoner executed in 38 years. The passage of time since the last execution is irrelevant to the imposition of the death penalty is massacres. And massacres are among the few situations where the death penalty is clearly justified.

  2. Rock says:

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will really be in deep doo-doo if a hate crime charge is tacked onto his crime.

  3. Bill Jempty says:

    One of the last people executed by the Federal Govt., Louis Jones Jr, I played a correspondence chess game against in 2001. I’m a veteran of over 1,000 CC games, and at least 30 of them were against prison players. Other than Jones, the most infamous I played was Claude Bloodgood.

  4. CHenry says:

    The death penalty has in fact been imposed many times by the military in recent years. What has not happened since 1961 is a military execution. There are presently eight convicts on the military’s death row at the U.S Disciplinary Barracks.

    I suspect a private Hasan will eventually join them or at least be housed at the same facility as them.

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