Ft. Hood shooter faces 13 murder charges


The Army says that Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan will be charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder following a shooting rampage last week at Ft. Hood, Texas. Among the dead were Pfc. Kham Xiong, of St. Paul.

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The 13 charges against Major Hasan are "initial charges," said the spokesman, Chris Grey, "and additional charged may be preferred in the future subject to the ongoing criminal investigation."

"It is important to remember that the preferral of charges is the first step in the court-martial process," Mr. Grey said, "and that a charge is merely an accusation. The accused is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."

More details about Hasan's life are coming to light. Again, here's more from the Times.

Since the shootings, government officials have disclosed that Major Hasan was in e-mail contact with a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, and that the e-mail messages were assessed by a defense investigator on a terrorism task force in Washington. But the e-mail messages were never passed on to Major Hasan's colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, some of whom had concerns about the psychiatrist's political and religious views and job performance, officials have said.

President Barack Obama paid tribute Xiong and each of his comrades during a memorial service at Ft. Hood on Tuesday.

"Kham Xiong came to America from Thailand as a small child. He was a husband and father who followed his brother into the military because his family had a strong history of service," Obama said. "He was preparing for his first deployment to Afghanistan."

A traditional three-day Hmong funeral service for Xiong will start at Legacy Funeral Home's Maplewood chapel on Saturday, Nov. 28.