Fort Hood gunman ‘will never be a martyr’

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military prosecutor says the Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood “will never be a martyr” and deserves to be executed.

Prosecutors asked jurors on Wednesday to hand down a rare military death sentence against Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Hasan was convicted last week for the 2009 attack that also wounded more than 30 people at the Texas military base.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, has tried to justify the attack as an attempt to protect Taliban and Islamic leaders from U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hasan wasn’t allowed to make those claims in court. But the lead prosecutor, Col. Mike Mulligan, addressed the claims on Wednesday.

Mulligan told jurors that a death sentence wouldn’t be Hasan’s gift to God, but rather “his debt to society.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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