The man convicted of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting moved from Bell County Jail to the Army’s death row Friday.
About 8:30 a.m., Nidal Hasan was picked up by a military helicopter to be transferred to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., said Chief Deputy Chuck Cox of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. Hasan spent nearly 1,400 days in the local jail.
“We appreciate the tremendous amount of professionalism and cooperation with military and local law enforcement that participated in this thing since the beginning,” Cox said.
A jury of 13 officers found Hasan guilty last week and sentenced him to death Wednesday for the shooting at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30.
Hasan’s punishment also included forfeiture of all of pay and allowances and dismissal from the Army.
Since the death sentence was imposed, the military justice system requires this case to be automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Criminal Court of Appeals, and then to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Five men are currently on military death row, and the military hasn’t executed an active-duty U.S. soldier since 1961.