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FORT WORTH (October 5, 2013)--The U.S. government spent nearly $5 million to court-martial and convict former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan in the bloody Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead, according to obtained by KXAS-TV.
The records show that the biggest pretrial expense for the court-martial of was more than $1 million for transportation for witnesses, jurors and attorneys.
About $900,000 was spent on their accommodations.
Hasan wanted to plead guilty to the charges against him, but was precluded from doing so by military law because the crime was punishable by death.
Hasan acted as his own defense counsel, called no witnesses and asked few questions,
A 13-member jury panel of Army officers deliberated for about two hours on Aug. 28 before voting to sentence Hasan, 42, to death by lethal injection.
The sentence then went to convening authority, Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi.
He must approve or can reduce Hasan’s death sentence, which is then subject to automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Court of Military Appeals.
The president must also approve the sentence before the execution can be carried out.
Hasan was transferred from the Bell County Jail, where he had been held since his release from the hospital after the rampage, to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., which is home to the military’s only maximum-security prison and the military’s death row.
Hasan was shot in the back during the shooting rampage, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Leavenworth is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and inmates have access to military and civilian health professionals.