Fort Hood Suspect's Defense Has Few Options

Saturday, 09 Jul 2011 01:48 PM

 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — More than two dozen soldiers have testified about the day they were gunned down at Fort Hood. This week, the post's commander ordered the suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to face trial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the November 2009 shootings.

Now Hasan's defense team faces what seems like an impossible task: stopping a conviction and potential death sentence in the case.

Legal experts say Hasan has few options. He could hope that questions about his mental state would prompt a military jury to give him life in prison rather than death.

Or the defense could watch for legal errors that could overturn the verdict on appeal. Experts doubt Hasan will use an insanity defense, which is difficult to prove.

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