Fate Of Accused Fort Hood Gunman Rests With New Post Commander

The decision on how to handle the court martial for accused Fort Hood killer Maj. Nidal Hasan falls to the post’s new 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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