Friday, August 23, Nidal Hasan has been found guilty of 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, according to breaking news via Associated Press. He could receive the death penalty, just as he wanted.
During the psychological evaluation following the 2009 Fort Hood Massacre, the army major described himself as “focused with a mission to accomplish.” He described his mission as being “to kill American soldiers before they deployed to kill Muslims overseas.” He said that he was prepared to accept a death sentence which would make him a martyr. A military jury of his peers at Fort Hood, Texas has found him guilty as charged on all counts.
Hasan qualifies for the death penalty because of the 13 murder convictions. The second phase of the Hasan court martial will be sentencing and punishment and will begin on Monday when court reconvenes to begin putting on testimony to decide his punishment. The same jury will decide if Hasan is to be put to death.
Till now, Hasan has not helped his case, insisting on acting as his own defense. On the first day, Hasan admitted that he had committed the murders during his opening statement to the jury. CNN reported, “Prosecutors are expected to call family members from each of the victims who were killed. It is not clear what Nidal Hasan will do.”
There have been a number of death sentences in the military justice system in recent years; however, there has not been an execution in more than 50 years. The jury has to be unanimous to hand down a death sentence.