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Fort Hood shooting suspect will face death penalty

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FORT HOOD, TX (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood rampage in Texas will be court-martialed and face the death penalty.

Fort Hood's commanding general announced the decision Wednesday for Maj. Nidal Hasan.

The 40-year-old is expected to appear in a Fort Hood courtroom for an arraignment and could enter a plea.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting spree at the Army post.

Carolina Beach native Kim Munley was one of the police officers who helped take down Hasan and end the shootings. She was injured in the attack, as well.

Hasan's lead attorney, John Galligan, had urged the commanding general not to seek the death penalty, saying such cases were more costly, time-consuming and restrictive.

Two Army colonels previously recommended that Hasan be tried in a military court and face the death penalty.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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