Fort Hood Suspect Will Face Death Penalty

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The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be tried in military court and will face the death penalty if convicted.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for the 2009 shooting spree at the Texas Army post.

Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, Fort Hood's commanding general, announced Tuesday how Hasan would be tried. Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, had previously urged Campbell not to seek the death penalty.

Galligan declined to say whether he is considering an insanity defense for his client.

Hasan, 40, has attended several court hearings that included testimony from 56 witnesses.

They testified that Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- or "God is great" in Arabic -- before the shootings. Witnesses also said he fired rapidly, pausing only to reload his gun.

Hasan has radical Muslim views and was tied to a cleric linked to terrorism.

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