Fort Hood Shooting: Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Nidal Hasan

FORT HOOD, Texas — A military jury unanimously recommended the death penalty Wednesday for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan for the 2009 massacre that left 13 people dead.

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Nidal Hasan (credit: Department of Defense)

A military jury has begun deliberating whether convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan gets capital punishment for the 2009 massacre on base that left 13 people dead and 32 others wounded.

The 13-member panel heard 45 minutes of emotional closing arguments from the government. The defendant, as he has throughout much of the proceedings, offered no justification or explanation, saying only, “I have no closing statement.”

The jury of senior officers must weigh whether “aggravating” factors presented this week by the government outweigh any “mitigating” evidence the defendant has deliberately chosen to suppress.

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