In the 45 months since the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting at Fort Hood, the mysteries surrounding the incident have steadily dwindled.
It’s clear that Maj. Nidal Hasan was the shooter — numerous witnesses testified to that fact during a lengthy pretrial hearing in 2011, and Hasan has admitted to being the triggerman on numerous occasions inside the courtroom in recent months. It is only because of an obscure military legal rule that he is unable to plead guilty to 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder at his long-awaited court-martial, which begins Tuesday.
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Slain at Fort Hood
Those killed in the Nov. 5, 2009, attack:
Spc. Frederick Greene, 29
Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52
Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, 32
Michael Cahill, civilian physician assistant at Fort Hood, 62
Spc. Jason Hunt, 22
Capt. Russell Seager, 41
Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22
Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, 19
Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29
Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21
Spc. Kham Xiong, 23
Capt. John P. Gaffaney, 56
Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, 55
Jeremy Schwartz has covered the legal case against Maj. Nidal Hasan since it began in 2010. He covers military and veterans issues for the American-Statesman and reported from Iraq in early 2011 and from Afghanistan in April 2012.