11:33 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Hasan Referred to Court-Martial

Army Major Nidal Hasan, the psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, will face trial before a general court-martial.

The post's commander, Lieutenant General Donald Campbell, officially announced his decision this morning. In the order for court-martial trial, Campbell authorized the death penalty as a potential punishment.

Hasan is accused of opening fire at Fort Hood on the afternoon of November 5, 2009. 13 people were killed in the gunfire. 31 others were wounded. Hasan was shot and wounded by police officers. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

The Army convened an Article 32 hearing last year, the military equivalent of a Grand Jury investigation. The findings of that hearing and recommendations from Hasan's chain of command entered into Campbell's decision.