U.S. Fort Hood shooting suspect to face death penalty

15:09, July 07, 2011      

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The military psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan, who has been suspected in a deadly shooting spree at a Texan army base, will be tried in a military court and may face a death penalty if convicted, said authorities Wednesday.

Lieutenant General Donald Campbell, the commander at Fort Hood, said the case has been approved for a court-martial that will "consider death as an authorized punishment," according to a statement from the Ford Hood's press office.

Campbell decided to convene a court-martial after considering "all matters submitted by defense counsel" and the recommendations of an investigating officer, said the statement.

No exact date is set for arraignment.

Hasan allegedly opened fire with two handguns on unarmed soldiers who were preparing for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan at a crowded medical building at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov.5, 2009. The shooting rampage left 13 people dead and more than 30 others injured.

Hasan, 40, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the rampage, has been in custody since the shooting. He has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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