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Maj. Nidal Hasan Guilty for Fort Hood Shootings, Eligible for Death Penalty

Maj. Nidal Hasan Guilty for Fort Hood Shootings, Eligible for Death Penalty

LA Times: FT. HOOD, Texas — A military jury on Friday convicted Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan on 45 charges of premeditated and attempted premeditated murder in connection with the shooting rampage at this central Texas Army post four years ago, the deadliest attack on a domestic U.S. military base. He now faces a possible death sentence. The verdict was read by the jury president, or foreman, at 12:35 p.m. CDT, after six hours of deliberation. The shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded, many of whom testified about the carnage during Hasan’s court-martial. Hasan, 42, an Army psychiatrist and American-born Muslim, faced 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder. The jury was made up of 13 officers, all of Hasan’s rank or higher. Prosecutors had argued that Hasan’s radical religious beliefs led him to attack deploying soldiers. Witnesses testified that he shouted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, before he opened fire on soldiers at a medical processing center.

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