POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:23am
Texas (KETK) —
A military jury has reached a verdict in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the November 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
Hasan has been found guilty on all counts. He has been convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder and will face the death penalty. The jury in Killeen only deliberated for seven hours over two days.
Hasan represented himself in the court-martial and admitted to the shooting. He rested his case before the jury without testifying or calling any witnesses.
If Nasan receives the death penalty, he will be the first U.S military service executed in 52 years. Army Private John Bennett, was hanged in 1961 at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas, after being convicted of raping and attempting to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl.
United States Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement regarding today's guilty verdict in the Fort Hood shooting trial of Nidal Hasan:
"I hope and pray this verdict will bring some peace to Nidal Hasan's victims and their families. But, if we ever hope to defeat the ongoing threat from radical Islamism, we need to start by calling this terrorist attack on our armed forces by its name. Hiding behind "workplace violence" and excluding evidence on Hasan's pursuit of jihad will not make terrorism go away or properly honor the American heroes who were slain at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009."
U.S. Senator John Cornyn also issued a statement on Hasan's verdict:
“The victims and families have had to wait for far too long for today’s decision, but I hope they can take some relief in today’s outcome as they and the entire Fort Hood community continues to grieve.
“Fort Hood has long been a source of pride for all Texans, and the heroes who put themselves in harm’s way on that fateful day deserve to be recognized for their sacrifice whether overseas or at home.
“We must turn our attention to ensuring that the victims of this horrible tragedy and their families receive the full honors and benefits bestowed upon soldiers who are wounded or killed in overseas combat zones.”
Sen. Cornyn is currently drafting legislation that would make the Fort Hood victims and their families eligible for all the honors and benefits available to their comrades serving in overseas combat zones. He has previously introduced the Fort Hood Victims and Families Benefits Protection Act, which also would make those service members wounded or killed in the Fort Hood attack eligible for the Purple Heart.