Nightly News   |  August 23, 2013

Nidal Hasan found guilty of Fort Hood murders

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who shot and killed 13 people in the Fort Hood shootings, was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

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>>> army major nidal hasan the former psychiatrist on trial for the shooting rampage has been found guilty. it didn't take long. less than wseven hours of deliberations over two days.

>> reporter: the trial was emotional for the victims' families and took three weeks. in fewer than seven hours, the jury found nidal hasan guilty of all charges. [ sirens ]

>> reporter: the verdict comes nearly four years after the shooting rampage at a ft. hood medical processor center. major nidal hasan who admitted he was the gunman was found guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 38 counts of premeditated attempted murder . as the verdict was read , hasan , acting as his own lawyer show nod emotion. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. 16 family members representing the murder victim will be allowed to address the curt and hasan .

>> i think it is also important these victims finally have the opportunity to express to this jury the magnitude of the suffering that he inflicted on them and the way he destroyed their lives.

>> reporter: hasan paralyzed in the shoot out put on no defense. but at sentencing he is expected to speak. he said he switched sides to protect islam and members of the taliban.

>> there is a religious, political component it to and in his case a moral component to it.

>> reporter: prosecutors presented 89 witnesses many of whom gave graphic accounts of the bloody massacre. one heard of hearing private first class vel les screaming my baby, my baby, my baby before she was killed. prosecutors say he fired 150 rounds inside the army medical building. if hasan is sentenced to die and his case survives lengthy appeals, legal experts say he could be the first soldier executed by the military in more than 50 years. lester?