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Fort Hood Suspect A Step Closer To Court-Martial

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U.S. Army doctor Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was named as a suspect in the shooting death of 13 people and the wounding of 31 others at Fort Hood, Texas. (credit: U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images)

U.S. Army doctor Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was named as a suspect in the shooting death of 13 people and the wounding of 31 others at Fort Hood, Texas. (credit: U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images)

FORT WORTH (AP) - An Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage is one step closer to facing a military trial and the death penalty.

A brigade commander recommended Friday that Maj. Nidal Hasan be court-martialed and face the death penalty. Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 shootings.

Defense attorney John Galligan says he’s disappointed in the recommendation and will raise objections before the final decision is made by a commanding general.

Col. Morgan Lamb’s recommendation is the second in the case. Another colonel’s initial recommendation last fall also was that Hasan should face trial and the death penalty.

Army officials have not said whether they will seek the death penalty if Hasan goes to trial.

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