Convicted Ft. Hood killer to face military hearing in Kansas

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:04 AM

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan will appear in a military court on Thursday for a procedural hearing related to his capital punishment conviction for the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.

Military Judge Colonel Tara Osborn "plans to review routine matters such as Hasan's post-trial rights and elections, discuss the Record of Trial and Hasan's post-trial representation by counsel," U.S. Army officials said in a statement.

The hearing will take place at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Hasan was sent after being sentenced to death for the killings.

Hasan, 44, is being confined in the death sentence inmate housing unit at Leavenworth, base officials said.

His death sentence is subject to an automatic appeal.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, opened fire at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009, targeting unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment in an attack he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in the Muslim world. He shouted "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is greatest" in Arabic, during the shooting and later said he wanted to be a martyr.

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There has not been a U.S. military execution since 1961, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors the use of capital punishment in the United States.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas and Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas; Editing by Susan Heavey)