FT. HOOD, Texas -- A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to death in connection with the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post four years ago that killed 13 and wounded more than 30.
Hasan, 42, an Army psychiatrist, was convicted last week of 13 counts of premeditated murder and lesser charges in connection with the attack on Nov. 5, 2009.
On Wednesday, the same jury of 13 officers, all Hasan’s rank or higher, deliberated about two hours before sentencing him to die. The jury president, a colonel and the highest-ranking juror, announced the sentence.
Hasan watched closely as the jury president read the sentence shortly before 2 p.m. CDT.
Hasan’s long-delayed court martial proved shorter than expected, with less than a month of testimony. Hasan, who took the unusual step of representing himself in the capital case, did not testify or call witnesses, rarely cross examined more than a hundred prosecution witnesses and presented little evidence compared to more than 700 exhibits submitted by the prosecution.