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Fort Hood shooting suspect faces 13 murder charges

Posted November 12, 2009

— Military officials say the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 and wounding 29 in last week's shooting rampage at his military post in Texas will face 13 charges of premeditated murder under the military's legal system.

The counts are initial charges against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and more are possible, Christopher Grey, a spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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The charges make Hasan, 39, eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted.

Hasan is accused of firing more than 100 rounds in a soldier processing center at the Texas military base on Nov. 5. Authorities have not offered a motive for the shooting.

"Our investigation remains open and ongoing," Grey said. "Let me reassure the American public that we are doing everything possible and we are looking at every reason for this shooting. We are aggressively following every possible lead."

Grey declined to release any new details of the shooting but said investigators still believe Hasan acted alone in the rampage.

Since last week's shooting, a picture has emerged of Hasan as a man who was forcefully opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was trying to elude his pending deployment to Afghanistan and had struggled professionally in his work as an Army psychiatrist.

Grey said Hasan has legal representation and is still being treated in a local hospital. He would not provide any information about his medical status.

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  • jurydoc Nov 12, 2009

    bubba -- you are misinformed. The US military has authorized the use of lethal injection in the event they proceed with the death penalty on any of the 9 currently on death row at Leavenworth.

  • dbcooper41 Nov 12, 2009

    i know it fails to satisfy people's bloodlust to keep him alive but, perhaps it makes more sense to keep him alive for questioning? dead men tell no truths, just ask oswald.
    and did he really reload 5 times before someone intervened?

  • working for deadbeats Nov 12, 2009

    Protect yourself....don't ignore stereotypes.

  • bubbba Nov 12, 2009

    Correct me if I am wrong, but isnt this going to be a military trial. You dont get the chair or the painless shot if your guilty. You get the firing squad. Maybe he will feel a little of the same pain he caused.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 12, 2009

    Yeah, this guy probably did it and, if convicted, should be punished.

    BUT...we are a country of laws. So many people here advocate ignoring laws or the desire take matters into their own hands. That is not how our country works, nor should it be.

    Suggesting killing this man, withholding medical care or not giving him a fair trail...is UN-American.

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 12, 2009

    "Our system does not work or the idiot would have been killed at the scene of the crime. " So, what you're saying is that after he went down with 4 (I think it was 4)bullets in him, the first person to reach him should have administered the 'coup de grace'? Maybe a double tap to the forehead? Is that what you mean? If so, are we then no better than this animal?

  • Even Nov 12, 2009

    Why is this not being called a "terrorist" attack? He had over 20 known communications with al-Qaida, yell out arabic sayings during the shootings and is Muslim. Is it not politically correct under the current administration to have a "terrorist" attack. Looks like one, smells like one so it probably is.

  • ranquick Nov 12, 2009

    Until some people wake and realize that death is what some of these people should get for the crime we will continue to see more and more murders, rapes and crimes against children. Life in prison is too goo for people like this guy. Our Justice system has been ruined by people who twist laws for a living, it is time stop all these Plea Bargains and deals and let the Justice do it's job. Guilty is Guilty Life is life, Death is Death. It is time to protect the innocent.

  • Spooner Nov 12, 2009

    This is plain jane stupid. Our system does not work or the idiot would have been killed at the scene of the crime. Why anyone would give the man aid to the hospital is beyond me????

  • EZeegoing Nov 12, 2009

    Dispite the charges his defense lawyer is trying to get all of them tossed out because he was charged in the hospital without his lawyer present. Another reason to dislike showboating defense lawyers. He is guilty no matter how you paint it.

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