3rd Fort Hood Anniversary Leaves Victims Frustrated
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today marks the third anniversary of the shooting massacre at the Fort Hood military post. The date leaves come victims more frustrated then ever that accused gunman Major Nidal Milak Hasan has not faced justice.
Victims like Stephanie Munley, who was shot four times by the suspect, blames the military justice system and said it’s reprehensible Hasan doesn’t even have a date yet for his court martial.
“If it [shooting] would have happened outside of a military post and tried in federal or state court then this would have been over with a long time ago,” she said.
Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the attack that is the worst mass shooting to ever happen on an American military base.
Several independent investigations have been critical of the handling of the case surrounding the November 2009 shooting.
As far as Hasan’s prosecution, Jeffrey Addicott, director for the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University, said it’s outrageous that the military justice system has been delayed this long. “The last time they [military] executed somebody was 1961 and we’ve convicted hundreds of people of murder between 1961 and 2012… simply our account system is broken.”
Addicott said that in his 20 years as a JAG officer he has never seen a case drag on this long and he thinks Hasan, 42, will likely die in jail all in the name of political correctness. “They’re bending over backward to ensure they’re quote-unquote, ‘fair in the eyes of the world.’”
Hasan’s case is currently tangled up in a debate over whether he can have a beard in the courtroom.
Munley said the dozens of Fort Hood victims deserve relief that only a trial and a conviction can bring.