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Fort Hood gunman guilty on all counts

Army Major Nidal Hasan has been found guilty in the Fort Hood massacre. (Source: CNN) Army Major Nidal Hasan has been found guilty in the Fort Hood massacre. (Source: CNN)
Hasan spent several months planing the killings. (Source: Defense Department/CNN) Hasan spent several months planing the killings. (Source: Defense Department/CNN)
Hasan killed 13 people and injured 32 others in the Fort Hood massacre. (Source: U.S. Army/CNN) Hasan killed 13 people and injured 32 others in the Fort Hood massacre. (Source: U.S. Army/CNN)

KILLEEN, TX (CNN/RNN) –  A military court has found Army Major Nidal Hasan guilty on 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas.  He is eligible for the death penalty.

Jurors deliberated for less than seven hours over two days.

The trial now enters the penalty phase. Prosecutors will ask that Hasan be sentenced to death.

Hasan acted as his own attorney during his court martial and addmitted to the shooting.

Opening arguments in the court martial against Major Nidal Hasan began on Aug. 6. Hasan chose to act as his own attorney with military lawyers on stand-by. Hasan chose not to use them.

Hasan opened by admitting that he was the gunman and said the evidence would prove that he was the shooter.

Hasan remained silent during most of the trial. According to a report by the Associated Press, he only questioned three witnesses out of almost 90 who were called by prosecutors, and only presented one piece evidence; an which was an evaluation stating that Hasan was a good soldier.

Hasan rested his case on Aug. 21 without calling a single witness, including himself. When judge Col. Tara Osborn asked him how he would like to proceed, Hasan said, "the defense rests."

Closing arguments began on Aug. 22, however, Hasan chose not to make a statement.

Military prosecutors asked the jury, made up of 13 high-ranking military officers, for a unanimous decision in order for them to seek the death penalty in this case.

On Nov. 5, 2009, Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 more at the Army base at Fort Hood, Texas.

Hasan wanted to leave the Army since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and according to investigators, he began plotting his escape in early 2009.

Hasan researched terrorist killings and how to plot jihadist attacks. Three months before the massacre, he began buying weapons and ammunition.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on the day of the shooting, Hasan entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center armed with a hand gun and 16 magazines.

He walked into a room filled with soldiers who were getting their final medical approval in preparation for their deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to court testimony, Hasan sat down in a chair, placed both hands on his knees and stared at the ground for a moment before standing up and yelling "Allahu Akbar" then started firing.

Hasan fired nearly 150 shots, targeting unarmed, uniformed soldiers yet tried to avoid civilians. Some soldiers were killed instantly; others hid behind cubicles, under desks and behind doors.

The only civilian killed in the massacre, Michael Cahill, charged from behind a cubicle and threw a chair at Hasan, who shot and killed Cahill on the spot.

Hasan walked out the back door and kept shooting the soldiers who were trying to escape.

A police officer fired the shot that stopped Hasan, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

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