Nidal Hasan convicted in Fort Hood shootings; jurors can decide death

HasanFort Hood, Texas (CNN) – A military jury on Friday convicted Army Maj. Nidal Hasan of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, making it possible for the death penalty to be considered as a punishment.

The jurors deliberated less than seven hours over two days before finding Hasan guilty on all charges in connection with the November 5, 2009, shootings at a deployment process center.

The Army psychiatrist admitted to targeting soldiers he was set to deploy with to Afghanistan, saying previously he wanted to protect the Taliban and its leaders from the U.S. military.

Under the rules of a military court-martial, the jury must return a unanimous verdict of premeditated murder for the death penalty to be considered as a punishment option. The jury is not required to tell the court whether they reached a unanimous verdict on the attempted murder charges.

The court-martial moves on Monday to the penalty phase, where Hasan — acting as his own attorney — will have the opportunity to address the jurors considering whether he should be executed for his actions.

As has been done nearly every day in the three-week court-martial, the judge asked Hasan if he had reconsidered defending himself as the case enters the penalty phase.

Jurors “will decide whether you live or die,” the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, told Hasan after reconvening the court Monday afternoon as part of the penalty phase preparation. “…I think it is unwise for you to represent yourself.”

Hasan told the judge he intended to continue acting as his own attorney.

Courtroom reaction

Inside the courtroom, the judge warned the audience in the gallery, including family members of those killed, before the verdict was announced that outbursts and reactions to the verdict would not be tolerated.

Hasan stroked his beard as the jury — a military panel of 13 senior officers — filed into the courtroom. He then looked at the head of the jury — a colonel — who affirmed a verdict had been reached.

Hasan showed no emotion as the verdict was read, a contrast to a handful of some of family members who cried or gave one another brief hugs.

“Today’s guilty verdict, rendered almost four years after the attack, is only a first, small step down the path of justice for the victims,” said attorney Neal M. Sher, who represents victims and families of those killed in a compensation claim against the government for failing to stop the attack.

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  • rick0857

    DEATH, I VOTE DEATH and not by some pansy azzed lethal injection…I want this guy to suffer as much as all of his victims did and those survivors that continue to suffer COMBINED before he slips into DEATH!!!!!!!

    • MARYANN33

      The death penalty for any muslim should be chopping off of their head with a dull knife…Fair is fair….

  • RK

    Since he is a muslim and wants the death penalty to become a martyr. I say give it to him not the way he wants. Force feed him pork for his last meal and the sent him up some place where Texas feral hogs can find and feed on him. No paradise for him justice is served. I just hate to think of the punishment I just did to the feral hogs, by making him a snack for bacon.

    • SniperToo

      It could give them a bad tummy flu. But, just think, he will be getting sloppy multiple seconds from the wh@re Muslim virgins. What nonsense. H@ll waits for him. Burn him and pour the ashes down the toilet. Flush, bye, bye.

  • SniperToo

    Decide my rear end. if these idiots have to think about the punishment; than they can all go to h@ll. Decide what? Here, I will decide for you. Put him in the same building, where he killed the family members, have him sit in the middle of the room, bring in all the families that lost loves ones, hand them the same weapon he used and SCREAM, God is great and death to you Muslim dog. Let them fill him with bullets. Period. I believe in an eye for an eye. Give these families a purple heart for the lost of their loves ones, divide up the money, that this monster was given throughout his jail time, and give to the families, than burn his body and not return his ashes to his nasty family members. Than deport his whole family members, were ever they may be living in this country and tell them to get out or we will shoot you. Monsters. Work place violence my butt. fruit you Obama. This Muslim dictator will not give out purple hearts, dangerous pay, etc. to the families who still suffer. Congress could over ride him and they wont. Bums. Just look at Benghazi!


    Until then, put him in Gitmo….with the other loonies…And call this terrorism and give the injured the benefits of that charge….

  • danstewart

    The person who took him down needs to practice more. A shot between the eyes would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money. Workplace violence my azz.

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