Ft. Hood shooting suspect charged with 13 counts of murder

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Military prosecutors Thursday charged Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder for his alleged shooting rampage here last week.

The charges were filed in a military rather than civilian court because Hasan remains an active-duty serviceman. All the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

They come as investigators are continuing to probe the shooting, spokesman Christopher Grey said.

"We are looking at every possible angle on this case," Grey said in a brief public statement here. He added that investigators still believe Hasan acted alone.

Hasan remains hospitalized after being shot by two civilian police officers Nov. 5.

His attorney has said he will push for a change of venue because public opinion here is so hardened against his client, a devout Muslim who was about to deploy to Afghanistan and had corresponded with a prominent anti-American cleric in Yemen.

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