The Ottumwa Courier

July 15, 2013

Death penalty issue for potential Fort Hood jurors

Associated Press

---- — FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Military prosecutors want two potential jurors tossed from the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting rampage suspect because the Army officers indicated they opposed the death penalty.

Four colonels and two lieutenant colonels were brought in from Army posts nationwide and overseas on Monday as questioning continued in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

The 42-year-old Army psychiatrist is accused in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post. If convicted, he would face execution or life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors also want a third officer and potential juror dismissed because he strongly supports the death penalty.

The judge hasn't yet ruled on prosecutors' request.