Fort Hood shooter convicted on 13 counts of murder

Hassan Trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – Army Major Hidal Hasan simply stared at her as the head of a military jury read a verdict convicting him of premeditated murder 13 times.

He offered no emotion – but that’s how most of his 14-day trial went, too.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, never disputed being the shooter in the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 people. He says he was protecting Muslim insurgents abroad.

The army psychiatrist also was convicted on 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder Friday. Hasan represented himself and will continue to do so on Monday when the penalty phase begins.

The jury’s 11 men and two women will be tasked with deciding whether to sentence him to death or only life in prison without parole.

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