Army investigator recommends death penalty against suspect in Fort Hood shooting

08:59, November 18, 2010      

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An investigating officer in the case of last year's shooting spree at the U.S. Fort Hood Army post has recommended that the military seek death penalty against the accused shooter, a defense lawyer said on Wednesday.

James Pohl, who oversaw the just-completed military court hearing, also recommended a general court martial for Army Major Nidal Hasan on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, Hasan's lawyer was quoted as saying by U.S. media.

Pohl submitted his report on Tuesday, but Army officials refused to disclose the content of the report.

A hearing to determine if the case should be forwarded to a military court began last month, and more than two dozen soldiers wounded in the shooting testified.

The final decision to pursue the death penalty rests with a commanding general at Fort Hood.

Hasan, 40, an army psychiatrist, allegedly opened fire with two handguns on unarmed soldiers who were preparing for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan at a soldier readiness area at Fort Hood, the country's largest military installation, on Nov. 5, 2009. The shooting spree has been described as the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. military installation.

Source: Xinhua


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