Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:50 am
Army Major Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death for the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and 32 wounded.
The military jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before announcing their decision. Military law requires the panel be unanimous to impose the death sentence.
Hasan could be the first member of the military executed since 1961, though the sentence triggers an automatic appeals process that could stretch for years to come.
In representing himself during the trial, Hasan presented little in the way of a defense. In his opening argument, he admitted the evidence would show he was the shooter. He offered no closing argument and did not call any witnesses during either the trial or penalty phase.
Early in the trial, the attorneys appointed to act as stand-by counsel for Hasan objected to their role, saying their client was purposely seeking the death penalty. The judge refused a request to either relieve them of their duties or allow them to take the lead in the defense.