Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Will Face Death Penalty

The Army major charged in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be court-martialed and face the death penalty, but the sister of one of those who was shot to death has mixed emotions about how Nidal Hassan's case will proceed.

Leila Hunt Willingham tells the AP she still grieves for Specialist Jason Dean Hunt, but, in her words, "No matter what happens to Hasan, my brother is still dead."

Willingham says that no one seems to understand that the outcome of Hasan's trial will bring no more peace or closure than she can get on her own.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting rampage.

His lead attorney, John Galligan, had urged the Army in May not to seek the death penalty, because of the cost, time and restrictions of death penalty trials. But Galligan says he believes this is what the Army has wanted to do with the case for some time.


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  • by BuckOwensFan on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    If he is executed, he will be a highly revered martyr among world terrorist. Give him life in prison so he can live out a long boring wheelchair bound life. By the time he dies of old age he will be forgotten by the world terrorist. Please don't let him be tried by a civilian court.
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      by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to BuckOwensFan
      You're right, BuckOwensFan. Thanks for the correction. :)
  • by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 04:18 AM
    So, let's see. Now he's worried about he cost of the trial. 13 deaths x military/civilian life insurance policies, recovery and recuperation for those injured, psychological counseling for those who were there, funeral expenses for the deceased...all at the expense of the government. Not to mention the VERY expensive treatment to keep his sorry backside alive to reach trial. Yeah, seems to me that if he were worried about cost, he should have resigned and joined his "brothers". Death penalty doesn't make you a martyr in Islamic eyes, since he didn't die during the shooting...and that was what he was aiming at (look at his behavior before the shooting). THAT'S the real issue here, I think. Lame lame LAME attempt by the prosecution to delay justice.
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      by Unarmed on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
      If he wanted to die he should have shot up somewhere other than a military base, where soldiers are not allowed to be armed and defend themselves. That's why the death toll was so high.
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        by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:54 AM in reply to Unarmed
        I disagree. If he'd wanted to LIVE through the shooting, he wouldn't have put his immortal Islamic soul in jeopardy by drinking at strip clubs (martyrdom offers absolution for both of these acts prohibited by Allah). He WANTED to die. He has no perfect afterlife with his 21 virgins (or however many it is) because he's NOT A MARTYR. He did not die in the act of killing "infidels" for his religion. Although...I agree, his choice of location leaves some doubt as to whether he was a lukewarm martyr or a stupid one. Or is it one in the same?
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          by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
          Disregard, according to my research, he'll still die a martyr if he's executed, since it was for the Islamic cause. Sorry for my misinformation.
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          by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
          It's a loophole for convenience in a "cause".
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      by Ooh Rah on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:32 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
      Well stated. Let me know when you cast your bid for the white house. I'd like to work your campaign trail! Thanks for serving, retmar!
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        by USMC (Ret) on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:55 AM in reply to Ooh Rah
        LOL, thanks, Ooh Rah. I'll pass. I like my privacy, and while I take full responsibility for all of the skeletons lurking in my closet, I don't have any desire to make them fodder for the public. :)
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Jul 7, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    It will be a big waste of our tax dollars. If he is found guilty his brother in the white house will probably give him a pardon.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to Goober
      Ah...such delicious racism, bigotry and ignorance.
  • by MilitarySharpShooter on Jul 7, 2011 at 03:15 AM
    Maybe they need to give her a gun and let her pull the trigger on this muslim extremist.If I were in her shoes that would be the best closure I could ask for.
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      by 250 on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:29 AM in reply to MilitarySharpShooter
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  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:12 AM
    I pray our Army still has the "kay ungies" to carry out the "death sentence". To face it, (death sentence) anymore doesn't seem to mean squat. Just "put him down".
  • by Sharpshooter on Jul 7, 2011 at 01:47 AM
    Ha! That really tells you something when the defendant's attorney's argument against the death penalty is that it's too expensive! If this isn't a death penalty case, then what on earth is? Surprised they didn't take on treason to his long list of murderous acts. This animal needs to be put down.
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      by jerry on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:25 AM in reply to Sharpshooter
      He should be allowed to view bin laden`s body...
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