Soldier Convicted of Murder for Fort Hood Rampage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 8/23/13 3:03 PM CDT

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The soldier convicted of killing 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood says he will continue to represent himself during sentencing.

A military jury found Maj. Nidal Hasan guilty of murder on Friday. The trial now moves into the sentencing phase, which begins Monday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hasan.

Prosecutors say they will call at least 19 witnesses during sentencing. It is not clear if Hasan will call any witnesses.

During the trial, Hasan gave a brief opening statement but called no witnesses in his defense and did not give a closing argument.

The military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, told Hasan Friday that she thought it was unwise for him to be his own attorney. But Hasan said he still wanted to do it.


FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Maj. Nidal Hasan has been convicted of premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. That means he's now eligible for the death penalty.

Military jurors found the Army psychiatrist guilty on Friday for the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the Texas military base.

The trial now enters a penalty phase, where prosecutors will ask jurors to sentence Hasan to death.

Hasan is acting as his own attorney. But he didn't call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of prosecutors' nearly 90 witnesses.

Through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim signaled that he believed the attack was justified as a way to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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