August 29th, 2013
01:38 PM ET

Jury Recommends Death for Nidal Hasan

A death sentence for the man who's admitted to a deadly attack at Fort Hood, that is the recommendation of a military jury after convicting Nidal Hasan for killing thirteen and wounding thirty-two in the brutal 2009 massacre.

Hasan sat unfazed as a military jury sentenced him to death. The Islamic radical Army psychiatrist might see the death penalty as a twisted path to martyrdom.  But prosecutors said Hasan "will never be a martyr because he has nothing to give," CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

The wife and daughters of Michael Cahill, one of the victims, sat through nearly 4 weeks of excruciating testimony. They heard the gruesome details of how Cahill, a retired Army veteran, came within a few feet of stopping Hasan with a chair, and was shot 6 times, the fatal shot piercing his neck.

Hasan will now be transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  His case will start winding its way through the complex military justice system appeals process. Ultimately, the President must sign off on Hasan's execution, but that step could take years.

 

 

 

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