Judge won't let Fort Hood suspect plead guilty

Nidal Hassan charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder

Published On: Mar 21 2013 06:45:39 AM CDT
FORT HOOD, Texas -

 An Army psychiatrist accused of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, will not be able to plead guilty to any of the charges, according to the judge.

Maj. Nidal Hasan wanted to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder. But Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea to charges carrying the death penalty.

Hasan's attorneys still had asked the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to let Hasan plead guilty to lesser charges of unpremeditated murder. He still would have gone to trial in May and faced a possible death sentence if the judge had allowed the plea.

But Osborn said Wednesday that Hasan will not be allowed to plead guilty even to the lesser charges.