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.
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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