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Fort Hood suspect a step closer to court-martial

Fort Hood suspect a step closer to court-martial
Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:19pm

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An Army psychiatrist is one step closer to facing a military trial and the death penalty for the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

A brigade commander recommended Friday that Maj. Nidal Hasan should be court-martialed and face the death penalty for 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings.

Defense attorney John Galligan says he's disappointed in the recommendation and will raise objections before the final decision is made by a commanding general.

Col. Morgan Lamb's recommendation is the second in the case. Another colonel made an initial recommendation last fall that Hasan should face trial and the death penalty.

Army officials have not said whether they would seek the death penalty if Hasan goes to trial.

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