FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation will be tried in a military court and face the death penalty if convicted, Fort Hood's commanding general an nounced Wednesday.
Maj. Nidal Hasan, 40, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting rampage on the Army post in Texas.
A military judge has not been named in the case, and it was not clear when Hasan will be arraigned in a Fort Hood courtroom. He must plead not guilty because it is a death-penalty case, according to military law.
Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell's decision for Hasan to face a military trial and the death penalty echoed the recommendations of two Army colonels who also reviewed the case. Relatives and friends of those who survived the attack spread the news Wednesday on social media sites.