…and it’s about friggin’ time.
It’s time to get this over with. It’s been too long.
ORT HOOD, TEXAS — A jury was selected Tuesday to hear the case against an Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting, whose long-awaited murder trial is set to begin next month.
The panel comprising 13 officers will hear the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the November 2009 attack at the Central Texas Army post.
There are nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major on the panel, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. They were brought in from Army posts nationwide for questioning.
Two officers on the panel have said they are skeptical about the death penalty, the Austin American-Statesman reported. They did not appear to feel as strongly about capital punishment as two other officers who were dismissed Tuesday.
Col. Tara Osborn, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, agreed to dismiss one officer who admitted he had already decided on whether Hasan was guilty.
Prosecutors used their lone challenge to strike the second dismissed officer, the Statesman reported.
Death penalty cases in the military require at least 12 jurors, more than in other cases. All members of the panel must approve a death sentence.