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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:07 am, Sat Aug 24, 2013.

FORT HOOD — A jury unanimously declared Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan guilty Friday of all charges in the 2009 mass shooting on post that killed 13.

The jury of 13 officers took nearly seven hours to find Hasan guilty. The trial will now enter its sentencing phase where the jury will determine whether Hasan's crimes earn him a death sentence.

Hasan sat silent and emotionless as the the president of the panel read aloud a guilty verdict. He did look to the panel as the president of the jury, a female colonel, read the unanimous verdict in a strong tone with no emotion or bias. Panel members looked to the judge, glancing occasionally toward the major, who is now eligible for the death penalty. 

There were no audible sounds of emotion from family members of the victims, but some cried as this nearly four-year saga makes another step toward closure.
 
The court is now in recess. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin at 9 a.m. Monday.

The Nov. 5, 2009, shooting was the worst attack on a military base in U.S. history. Hasan killed 12 soldiers, one civilian and injured 31 others in a shooting spree the jury unanimously agreed was a premeditated attack.

Hasan, 42, was paralyzed in the incident. He made statements in court and released documents to the media indicating his strong disdain for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led him to attack fellow U.S. soldiers.

The presiding judge barred Hasan from presenting his so-called "defense of others" strategy. During the trial, he mounted virtually no defense, calling no witnesses and refusing to provide a closing argument Thursday.

"The defense chooses not to make a closing statement," Hasan said.

Hasan has asked for a one-day delay before the start of sentencing.

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1 comment:

  • stnyn posted at 1:29 pm on Fri, Aug 23, 2013.

    stnyn Posts: 4

    It was no suprise that they found him guilty of murder he already told them that he was the shooter. Know we see if he sits in a cell the rest of his life or they give him the death penalty he wanted.