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Fort Hood shooting military trial begins in US

August 6, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The military trial of a U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood has started under heavy security in Texas.

Nidal Malik Hasan on Tuesday entered a courtroom on charges of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others. Hasan doesn’t deny committing one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, but he was forbidden to plead guilty under military law.

That’s because Hasan faces the death penalty — a rare punishment in the military. The last execution in the U.S. military justice system was 1961.

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