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Hasan Referred to Court-Martial

Photo by KUT News
A soldier drops to one knee during a memorial service for the victims of the 2009 Ft. Hood shootings attended by President Obama. The accused gunman in the shooting will face a court-martial trial.

Army Major Nidal Hasan, the psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, will face trial before a general court-martial.

The post's commander, Lieutenant General Donald Campbell, officially announced his decision this morning. In the order for court-martial trial, Campbell authorized the death penalty as a potential punishment.

Hasan is accused of opening fire at Fort Hood on the afternoon of November 5, 2009. 13 people were killed in the gunfire. 31 others were wounded. Hasan was shot and wounded by police officers. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

The Army convened an Article 32 hearing last year, the military equivalent of a Grand Jury investigation. The findings of that hearing and recommendations from Hasan's chain of command entered into Campbell's decision.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.