Fort Hood Commander Refers Hasan to Court-Martial

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 — Fort Hood Com­man­der Army Lt. Gen. Don­ald M. Camp­bell Jr. will refer the cap­i­tal mur­der case against Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to a gen­er­al court-mar­tial for tri­al, offi­cials at Fort Hood, Texas, said today.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of pre­med­i­tat­ed mur­der and 32 counts of attempt­ed pre­med­i­tat­ed mur­der in the Nov. 5, 2009, attack on troops ready­ing to deploy to Afghanistan. 

Camp­bell, who also com­mands 3rd Corps and serves as a gen­er­al court-mar­tial con­ven­ing author­i­ty, made the deci­sion after con­sid­er­ing all mat­ters sub­mit­ted by the defense coun­sel as well as the rec­om­men­da­tions of Hasan’s chain of com­mand, the Arti­cle 32 inves­ti­gat­ing offi­cer and his own legal advi­sor, Fort Hood offi­cials said. 

The court-mar­tial in the Hasan case is autho­rized to con­sid­er death as an autho­rized punishment. 

An Arti­cle 32 hear­ing under the Uni­form Code of Mil­i­tary Jus­tice is sim­i­lar to a civil­ian grand jury hearing. 

After a case is referred to tri­al by court-mar­tial, a mil­i­tary judge receives the case and even­tu­al­ly sets a schedule. 

Hasan’s arraign­ment like­ly is the first mat­ter for a mil­i­tary judge to sched­ule. A mil­i­tary judge has yet to be named to the case. 

At a mil­i­tary arraign­ment, the judge dis­cuss­es the rights of the accused, includ­ing the right to coun­sel, and makes sure the accused under­stands his rights. A mil­i­tary judge usu­al­ly calls on the accused through coun­sel to make motions for relief and enter pleas, which may be deferred to a lat­er date. 

The Fort Hood pub­lic affairs office will announce the arraign­ment date and loca­tion after the autho­rizes its publication. 

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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