A US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) spokesman announced “MAJ Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in connection with last week’s shootings at Fort Hood,” said Chris Grey, a CID spokesman. Um, yeah. It sticks in my craw every time I read a news story on the shooting and they refer to Hasan as the “alledged” shooter. Ain’t no alleged about it! Ask 13 who are no longer with us.
There is no decision yet as to whether a 14th murder charge will be preferred for PV2 Francheska Valez’ unborn son, who also died in the shooting rampage. There may be additional charges relative to the 29 wounded personnel. Of those, 12 are still hospitalized; one remains in intensive care.
Hasan’s murder charges could bring him the death penality under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), but life in prison is more likely. Meanwhile, Pres. Barack Obama has ordered a review of intelligence on Hasan to determine if it was properly shared and acted upon. Chris Grey, with the Army’s CID, said “We are aggressively following every possible lead.”