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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fort Hood Shooting Survivors Argue For Death Penalty

Nidal Hasan is on trial for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a military processing center in Fort Hood, Texas. (Bell County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Nidal Hasan is on trial for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a military processing center in Fort Hood, Texas. (Bell County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

“I feel dead but yet alive,” is how one widow put it, describing her grief and loss. Her husband was among the 13 killed and over thirty injured in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

The widows and the soldiers who survived that shooting are on the stand this week, arguing in emotional testimony that the shooter, former Army Major Nidal Hasan deserves the death penalty.

Hasan was convicted of 13 counts of murder in that 2009 shooting. Witnesses at the trial said he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for, “God is Great,” before he opened fire on unarmed soldiers. Many of those soldiers were readying for a deployment in Afghanistan.

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