Military jury deciding fate of Fort Hood gunman

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Posted: Aug 28, 2013 12:15 PM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Military jurors who convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood are now deciding whether to sentence him to death.

Jurors began deciding Wednesday whether to hand down a rare military death sentence against Maj. Nidal Hasan or sentence him to life in prison.

The same jury convicted Hasan last week of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base.

Hasan represented himself at trial. But he didn't call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of prosecutors' nearly 90 witnesses.

But through media leaks and statements to the judge, the American-born Muslim signaled that he believed the attack was justified as a way to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.