Hasan Faces Military Trial, Death Penalty

Alleged Fort Hood shooter's lawyer loses argument
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2011 1:49 PM CDT
Fort Hood Suspect Nidal Hassan Faces Military Trial, Death Sentence
This April 9, 2010, file photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows U.S. Major Nidal Hasan at the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas.   (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriffs Department, File)

Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, will face a military trial and could, if convicted, be sentenced to death, Fort Hood's commanding general announced today. Hasan's lawyers had tried to convince the military that a death penalty case would be too expensive, time consuming, and restrictive, but to no avail. Hasan will face 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, according to the AP. (Read more Nidal Malik Hasan stories.)

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