FORT HOOD, Texas (AP/WECT) - A woman whose husband was shot six times during the Fort Hood shooting rampage in 2009 says today's guilty verdict in the trial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan comes as "a relief."
A military jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all 13 counts of premeditated murder. That makes Hasan eligible for the death penalty.
After the verdict was announced, there were tears in the courtroom from some who survived the attack and from relatives of victims.
The trial now enters a penalty phase, where prosecutors will ask jurors to sentence Hasan to death.
Hasan is acting as his own attorney. But he didn't call witnesses or testify, and he questioned only three of prosecutors' nearly 90 witnesses.
One of his alleged victims is Kim Munley, a native of Carolina Beach who was working as a civilian police officer at Fort Hood when the attack happened. Munley testified against Hasan during the trial and released the following statement to WECT Friday after the verdict was announced:
The reading of this verdict has given all of us (victims) a big step towards closure and towards our mission of reclassifying the incident from "workplace violence" to an act of "terror". The emotions have been overwhelming but also crowded with tears of relief, victory, and joy. However, justice has yet been served until the families of the deceased and the injured receive the rightful benefits they so rightfully deserve. I call upon every citizen to write their congressmen and senators to demand officials in Washington to do what is right and to reclassify this incident to "terrorism" based on the obvious facts that have been brought forward in this case. With your support, we can win this battle. This administration has repeatedly victimized those who suffered at the hands of Hasan by neglecting their rights to monetary benefits, healthcare benefits, and emotional stability. We have won a battle today, yet we still are fighting a war until the promises made by our Commander in Chief have been fulfilled. On behalf of the victims and families of the Fort Hood Massacre, I'd like to thank the community for their undying support of our mission and hope to soon bring good news of the success in our fight for justice.
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