Accused Fort Hood Shooter to Have Military Trial, Will Face Death Penalty

Accused Fort Hood Shooter to Have Military Trial, Will Face Death Penalty –

DEVELOPING: The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood rampage in Texas will be court-martialed and face the death penalty, Fox News confirms.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting spree at the Texas Army post.[Emphasis Mine]

It was not immediately clear when Hasan will be arraigned in a Fort Hood courtroom. He must plead not guilty based on the nature of the case, according to military law.

Hasan’s lead attorney, John Galligan, had urged the commanding general not to seek the death penalty, saying such cases were more costly, time-consuming and restrictive. In cases where death is not a punishment option for military jurors, soldiers convicted of capital murder are automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. [Emphasis Mine]

So Mr. Galligan is concerned with the cost and time involved??  Oh and the restrictions that will be in play??  We’re talking about a Military trial here and I don’t think military lawyers get paid by the hour and as for time, it’s going to be a long drawn out affair because Mr. Galligan will see to that.  What ever the length of time it takes and the costs that arise will be well worth it to see this TERRORIST shot at sunrise.  It will be a lot cheaper than giving Hasan a life prison term and it will keep him from ever getting free or killing any other innocent American.

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Two Army colonels who reviewed the case previously recommended that Hasan be tried in a military court and face the death penalty. [Emphasis Mine]

Galligan has declined to say whether he is considering an insanity defense for his client. He has refused to disclose results of a military mental health panel’s evaluation of Hasan, but said it would not prevent the military from pursuing a court-martial.

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Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the rampage. He remains jailed in the Bell County Jail, which houses defendants for nearby Fort Hood.

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Witnesses testified that a gunman wearing an Army combat uniform shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — which is Arabic for “God is great!” — and started shooting in a small but crowded medical building where deploying soldiers get vaccines and other tests. The gunman fired rapidly, pausing only to reload, even shooting some people as they hid under tables or fled the building, witnesses said. Witnesses say the gunman fatally shot two people who tried to stop him by throwing chairs, and killed three soldiers who were protecting civilian nurses, according to testimony.

The gunman was identified as Hasan, an American-born Muslim who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan the following month. Before the attack, Hasan bought a laser-equipped semiautomatic handgun and repeatedly visited a firing range, where he honed his skills by shooting at the heads on silhouette targets, witnesses testified during the hearing.

Fox News’ James Rosen and the Associated Press contributed to this report.Read more:

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