Army psychiatrist convicted in deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting, now eligible for death penalty

Saturday - 8/24/2013, 12:50am EDT

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Prosecutors say they will call at least 19 witnesses during the sentencing phase of Maj. Nidal Hassan's trial. It is not clear if Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, will call any witnesses.

A military jury on Friday convicted the Army psychiatrist in the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, making him eligible for the death penalty. Thirteen people were killed in the attack and more than 30 wounded.

There was never any doubt Hasan was the gunman. He acknowledged that to the jury and said he acted to protect Muslim insurgents abroad from American aggression.

Hasan did not react to Friday's verdict, looking straight at jurors as they announced their findings.

After the hearing, relatives of the dead and wounded fought back tears. Some smiled and patted each other's shoulders as they left court.

The sentencing phase of the trial begins Monday.

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176-c-14-(Paul Weber, AP correspondent, who covered the trial from inside the courtroom)-"in his lap"-AP correspondent Paul Weber reports Army Major Nidal Hasan looked stoic as he heard the military jury had found him guilty on all counts. (23 Aug 2013)

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177-c-18-(Paul Weber, AP correspondent, who covered the trial from inside the courtroom)-"from the families"-AP correspondent Paul Weber reports that after Hasan and jurors left the courtroom, some victims who survived the attack and victims' relatives began to cry. (23 Aug 2013)

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224-a-11-(Howard Ray, retired U.S. Army Sgt., in AP interview)-"from their loss"-Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Howard Ray says the people affected by Nidal Hasan's shooting rampage will never be the same. (23 Aug 2013)

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222-a-13-(Howard Ray, retired U.S. Army Sgt., in AP interview)-"the right decision"-Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Howard Ray says he is grateful that the military jury came in with a unanimous decision on all 13 counts of premeditated murder. ((Hasan was also convicted on 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder)) (23 Aug 2013)

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223-a-11-(Howard Ray, retired U.S. Army Sgt., in AP interview)-"for this case"-Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Howard Ray says the jury delivered the proper verdict against Maj. Nidal Hasan. ((Ray was shot at himself by Hasan while he was rushing people to safety)) (23 Aug 2013)

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225-a-13-(Neal Sher, attorney for victims' families and survivors, in AP interview)-"to everyone's intelligence"-Attorney Neal Sher, who represents victims' families and survivors, says the jury's verdict confirms Nidal Hasan carried out a terrorist attack at Fort Hood. (23 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO TXKJ104: FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. Hasan has been convicted of murder Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at Fort Hod for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File) (23 Aug 2013)

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