Death penalty sought for Fort Hood shooter

A senior US military commander has recommended that Major Nidal Hasan face the death penalty for killing 13 people at Fort Hood Army base in 2009.

Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

Washington: A senior US military commander
has recommended that Major Nidal Hasan face the death penalty
for killing 13 people at Fort Hood Army base in 2009, The New
York Times reported.

The newspaper said the recommendation for a general
court-martial by Fort Hood brigade commander Colonel Morgan
Lamb will go to Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the base
commander.

Cone will decide whether to convene a court-martial at
the base or pass the case to another general elsewhere.

A lawyer for Hasan said he did not believe his client
would receive a fair trial at the base, the report said.

Hasan is being investigated for links to Islamic
extremism, including his contacts with a radical cleric who
blessed the killing spree.

He faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32
counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the
November 5, 2009 attack at the Texas military facility.

Twelve soldiers and one civilian were killed and
another 42 people were wounded.

PTI