April 9th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Fort Hood suspect moved from hospital to jail

Officials released Maj. Nidal Hassan's booking photo.

An Army major charged with shooting 13 people to death at Fort Hood, Texas, in November has been moved to a jail in Bell County, Texas, a deputy said Friday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan was severely wounded by police in the shootings and had been hospitalized at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Hasan's lawyer said his client was paralyzed from the waist down and will likely never walk again.

Jail records show that Hasan was booked into the jail early Friday. Fort Hood is in Bell County.

"Nidal Hasan is here," Deputy David Burhnam of the Bell County Sheriff's Department said.

Hasan, 39, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, 32 counts of attempted murder and will face trial in the military's legal system.

The November 5 shooting spree killed 12 soldiers and one civilian. More than 30 others were wounded.

Hasan, a licensed Army psychiatrist, was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan as part of a behavioral health support team a few weeks after the shootings took place.

Military records show Hasan received his appointment to the Army as a first lieutenant in June 1997 after graduating from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, with a degree in biochemistry. Six years later, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School Of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and was an intern, resident and fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He was promoted to major in May 2009.

Hasan had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military but was unsuccessful, said a spokeswoman for his cousin, Nader Hasan. She added that he told his family he was taunted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

A Muslim born to Palestinian-American parents, Hasan had earlier expressed views that were brought to the attention of his Army superiors and the FBI. He also had exchanged e-mails with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda recruiter and supporter based in Yemen.

Terrorism investigators monitoring al-Awlaki intercepted Hasan's communications with the cleric but an employee of the Defense Department's Criminal Investigative Services assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force dropped the investigation after reviewing the communications and Hasan's personnel files, officials told CNN last year.

Officials have determined that the Fort Hood shooting suspect acted alone and was not part of an organized attack. A criminal profiler also told CNN that Hasan fits the profile of a mass murderer better than that of a terrorist.

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  1. a

    I think that all of these comments are so rude and uncalled for. There are so many comments that discriminate against the muslims. This man was a us citizen and american. He should be tried and convicted like any other ordinary guy. It's not ok what he did, but there are so many cases where the catholics and christians kill millions of people and they are terrorist too. But what this guy did is wrong in the muslim religion and that is up to ALLAH to judge him when he dies. But until then we cannot judge anyone all we can do is watch and make sure justice is served in this life.

    April 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. From experience!

    Guys...whatever happens I know from experience living around Muslims is that,....doesn't matter how "good" and "well behaved" they might look, they are all to a certain extent capable of doing such crimes.
    Believe it or not...its not the question of whether or not a Muslim will change to become extremist Muslim, its a matter of when!!!
    I hope we open our eyes and let them out of our lives and country, its not too late!

    April 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Retired Vet

    Under the Unfiorm Code of Military Justice, he can and will face the death penalty. I am unsure if that is a firing squad or not, but I seem to recall that's the customary means of miltary execution. Either that or hanging. The sentence ought to be carried out in public, on TV and especially on Al Jezeera TV across arab countries, and posted in streaming vieo on the web //

    April 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    ...and, a death sentence would be WAAAAAY too easy. He should sit.

    April 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    We are at war! Did you forget that Ed?

    April 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    The should remove the title of Major and demote him to private.

    April 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    Oh, there is a difference between a mass-murderer and a terrorist??

    April 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Army, Specialist, Ft. Hood Soldier

    I am currently at Ft. Hood, I was here the day of the shootings. I've read through most of your comments about Pvt. Hassan.....that he isn't a "suspect". Even though we all know that he isn't a suspect and he is in fact guilty, it would be against everything we fight and die for to not give him a proper trial. Do not mistake my words for any type of sorrow for him, I beleive he should "rot". Giving him a fair trial, as our current court system does, will prove to the World that we are a democracy. That we are great. That we are strong.

    April 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex R

    Please don't martyr this guy. It will cause more of this. Same thing applies to KSM, and Bin Laden.

    April 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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