Nidal Hasan

The man accused of killing 13 and wounding 32 in a shooting spree on Fort Hood Army Base will begin his military trial on Tuesday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan will begin his Article 32 hearing, in which officials will examine the evidence against him. This hearing will determine if the case will proceed to court martial and whether Hasan will potentially face the death penalty.  Against the wishes of Hasan’s civilian lawyer, the hearing will be open to the public.

The shooting spree occurred on November 5th, 2009, at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. Hasan allegedly opened fire at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. He is facing thirteen counts of first degree murder for the twelve soldiers and one civilian killed in the shooting. He is also facing thirty-two counts of attempted premeditated murder for the thirty military and two civilians that were wounded.

The shooting brought about concerns of Hasan being a homegrown terrorist and the fact he was able to advance in the military.  He was born in the United States and is of Palestinian descent. He has had links to known terrorists, but they were shown to be consistent with work and research he was doing at the time. At the time of the shooting, Hasan was scheduled to deploy to Iraq.

It is expected that the hearing could go into November. The witness list is expected to include all of the wounded from the shooting. There will be a week-long break as the base commemorates the first anniversary of the shootings.