US court martial sentences Fort Hood shooter to death
FORT HOOD, United States / Texas (AFP) - A court martial on Wednesday sentenced a US Army officer to death for carrying out an Al-Qaeda inspired mass shooting on the Fort Hood base in Texas that left 13 people dead.
After four hours of deliberation, the forewoman of a jury of military officers, a colonel, said that it was their unanimous verdict that 42-year-old Major Nidal Hasan should be executed.
"It is my duty as president of this jury to inform you that... the court martial in closed session in a secret ballot of all members concurs to the sentences, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to dismissal from service, to be put to death," she said.
Hasan, who elected to conduct his own defence during the trial but called no witnesses and gave no testimony, sat in his wheelchair staring ahead of himself the verdict was read.