Ft. Hood suspect's defense, Army post leader meet

May 19, 2011 3:00:49 AM PDT
Attorneys for the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage say his life is on the line as they prepare to meet with the Texas military post's commander. Maj. Nidal Hasan's defense team is meeting Thursday with Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, who will decide whether Hasan is court-martialed and faces the death penalty.

Hasan's lead attorney, John Galligan, says he'll urge Campbell not to seek the death penalty because such cases are more costly, time-consuming and restrictive.

If Campbell decides Hasan will go to trial but military jurors cannot consider the death penalty if he's convicted, then the punishment will be life in prison without parole.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings.

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