The Fort Hood jihadi, Major Hasan, has been ruled sane. D'oh. Hasan is devout, not deranged.
KILLEEN, Texas — The US Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a shooting spree on a Texas army base has been ruled sane and thus fit for trial, a source familiar with the case said.
The ruling by a group of medical experts, called a sanity board, opens the door for a court martial that could end in the execution of Major Nidal Hasan, who was paralyzed from the neck down during the November 5, 2009 massacre.
Neither prosecutors nor retired Army Colonel John Galligan, a veteran military lawyer representing Hasan, 40, would confirm the board's decision.
But Galligan suggested it went against his client, who worked at Fort Hood until the shooting.
"I'm not going to say what they ruled," he told AFP. "I would just say this: I don't think the report will be anything that will be an impediment to the charges from the government's perspective."
Hasan is charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a crowded Fort Hood deployment center.
Witnesses at an evidentiary hearing last year fingered Hasan as a ruthless murderer who cried out "Allahu akbar!" before gunning down troops and civilians alike.