Accused Fort Hood killer not dead--yet

Houston Chronicle:

An Army major about to be deployed shot and killed 12 people and wounded 31 in a rampage at Fort Hood earlier today, officials said.

The soldier, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army mental health professional, was wounded and taken to a nearby hospital. He is in custody.

Officials had said earlier that the gunman had been killed.

"His death is not imminent," said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood said late this evening.


Fortunately, Texas does have a robust death penalty that would probably come into play in any trial of this guy if he survives his wounds. I suspect that his defense may be that his religion made him crazy.


  1. IIRC, the shootings occurred on the grounds of Ft Hood itself, which makes it a Federal (actually, a military) crime. Doesn't mean the major won't die for his crimes (the military actually does execute folks IIRC), just that it won't happen at the hands of the TDCJ.


  2. Actually, the military has not executed anyone for sometime. What usually happens is that a last minute plea for clemency is signed by the president.

    That's been true since 1961. The military will convict them, the preseident will give them a life sentence.


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