In a major development in 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a military court on Friday convicted Major Nidal Malik Hasan on 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, making the Army psychiatrist eligible for the death penalty in the shocking assault against his fellow soldiers on home soil.
Hasan, an American-born Muslim, was convicted of carrying the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 people.
Hasan offered no visible reaction and said nothing while the jury was pronouncing its verdict. Notably, Hasan is representing his trial himself after firing his legal team.
“This is where members (of the jury) decide whether you will live or whether you will die,” one of the jury, Osborn told Hasan after the verdict.
On Monday morning, the 13 member jury will begin deciding whether Hasan should be put to death by lethal injection.
Hasan said he acted to protect Muslim insurgents abroad from American aggression. According to him, the attack was a jihad against U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The final verdict in the case is likely to arrive by Monday. It is important that all the jury members come at a consensus over giving Hasan the death penalty before he can be sent to the military’s death row. If they do not agree, the 42-year-old will spend the rest of his life in prison.