Fate Of Accused Fort Hood Gunman Rests With New Post Commander


FORT HOOD (April 22, 2011)—Fort Hood has a new commanding general and he’ll have a major decision facing him from the start.

Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell took command of the Texas Army post at
a ceremony Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the departing commanding general, will
become a four-star general and take command of the Army's Training
and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.

With Cone's departure, now Campbell will decide whether Maj.
Nidal Hasan will be court-martialed and face the death penalty in
the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood.

Two Army colonels have already made that recommendation.

The final decision must be made by a commanding general.

Last month Cone granted a request by Hasan's attorney to delay
proceedings until Campbell's arrival.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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