Army To Seek Death Penalty In Fort Hood Case

"Military prosecutors are to seek the death penalty against the US Army psychiatrist accused of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a defence lawyer said. Major Nadal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 5 shooting at the base. Premeditated murder carries the death penalty, but if military jurors convict Hasan, they can only sentence him to death if they determine there is an aggravating factor in the case, according to military law. Defence lawyer John Galligan said the notice he received from prosecutors outlined as an aggravating factor that more than one person was killed in the same incident. Military prosecutors have not publicly said what punishment they plan to seek and Fort Hood officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment."