Ft. Hood Gunman Charged With 13 counts of Premeditated Murder

The case should be easy to prove. But what will be more difficult is  to figure out what authorities could have done differently to avoid this craziness.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo
BY Rich Schapiro

The blood-thirsty Army major accused of carrying out the Fort Hood massacre was charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder, officials said.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will be eligible for the death penalty, if convicted.

The 39-year-old army psychiatrist will face justice in a military court, and prosecutors are expected to begin setting in motion the military equivalent of a grand jury.

Under the military system, Hasan’s fellow Army officers will decide whether he is guilty of mass murder, and, if so, on his punishment. He would be put to death by lethal injection.

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