The taxpayer money spigot was on 'high' for the trial of admitted Ft. Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, 1200 WOAI news reports.
An analysis by a north Texas television station shows Joe and Jane Taxpayer paid about $5 million to win a guilty verdict and death sentence against the self-described Jihadi who killed 13 people when he opened fire in a billeting room at Ft. Hood in November of 2009.
This despite the fact that Hasan attempted to plead guilty and almost demanded a death sentence.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice does not allow guilty pleas in capital cases.
The biggest expense was the cost of transporting witnesses, jurors, and attorneys to Ft. Hood.
The costs of ferrying Hasan from his taxpayer-funded hospital jail cell in Belton to Ft. Hood for all of the pre trial motions and the trial came to $194,000. The military said helicoptering Hasan was preferable to the far less expensive method of sending him by car due to security concerns.
Hasan did not contest that he was the gunman, and he urged jurors during jury selection to sentence him to death.
The bill does not include the cost of the hospital cell where Hasan spent the four years awaiting trial, nor does it include the nearly $300,000 in Major's pay that taxpayers continued to pay Hasan while he was awaiting trial.
Hasan is now in a special disciplinary barracks at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas awaiting the outcome of his automatic appeals, which are certain to cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more.