January 30, 2013 |
HOUSTON - A military judge Wednesday ruled that an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas would still face a possible death sentence at court-martial, potentially barring a guilty plea. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 42, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the rampage at the Army base, the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. His lawyers had asked the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to remove the death penalty in the case, setting the stage for a possible guilty plea.
December 3, 2012 |
The military judge supervising the trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was removed from the case Monday, with the military's highest appeals court ruling that his "duel of wills" with Hasan over the defendant's beard gave the appearance of bias. Hasan, 42, is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than two dozen others at Ft. Hood in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. Hasan, who is Muslim, says that he grew the beard for religious reasons and that it is protected under freedom of religious expression.
July 21, 2011 |
A U.S. military judge set a March 2012 court-martial date for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a Texas military base. At an arraignment Wednesday that lasted about 15 minutes, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan declined to enter a plea before Ft. Hood Chief Circuit Judge Col. Gregory Gross. Gross granted a request by Hasan's lawyers to defer the plea to a later date. Gross set March 5, 2012, as the start of Hasan's court-martial. He could face the death penalty if unanimously convicted by a 12-member jury of U.S. soldiers.
November 18, 2010 |
The investigating officer in the mass shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas, last year has recommended that an Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 face a court-martial and the death penalty. Col. James L. Pohl, who presided at a military hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, recommended that the American-born Muslim be court-martialed on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Citing "an aggravating factor," he recommended that any conviction carry a death sentence, the Army said in a statement.
October 15, 2010 |
Stiff with pain from lingering bullet wounds in his leg and back, Army Staff Sgt. Paul Martin rose slowly to his feet on the witness stand Thursday and pointed across the military courtroom. "Yes, sir, that's him," Martin said, nodding toward Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, huddled in a wheelchair beneath a blanket and watch cap. Martin said it was Hasan, firing methodically from two handguns, who shot him twice Nov. 5. And it was Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, who fired again and again at soldiers inside a medical processing building as they tried to flee, Martin testified.
October 11, 2010 |
Alma Nemelka said her nephew was the first to die. He was standing at the rear of the Soldier Readiness Center at Ft. Hood, Texas, when an Army officer burst in shouting, " Allahu akbar! " Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19 and soon to be deployed to the Middle East, was shot in the head. On Tuesday, the man accused of killing Nemelka and 12 others, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan of the Army Medical Corps, will appear for his first broad military hearing into the November attack. Hasan, a U.S.-born Muslim and Army psychiatrist, was shot during the incident and is paralyzed from the waist down.