Fort Hood shooter's beard stops court hearing

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by KVUE News

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Posted on June 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 2:40 PM

FORT HOOD, Texas -- The accused Fort Hood gunman's court appearance Friday for a pre-trial hearing has been delayed.

A military judge at Fort Hood was to consider a motion from the defense and hear other matters on the case.

According to a press release from Fort Hood, "The military judge stated on the record that the accused appeared in court with a beard in violation of Army Regulation 670-1 and Rules for Court-Martial 804(e)(1).  The military judge stated that the appearance of the accused was a disruption to the court proceedings.  As a result, the military judge delayed pre-trial motions until the near future, when either a closed circuit feed can be set up for the accused to watch the hearings from outside the court room or the accused complies with court order to appear with proper military grooming standards."

Army Major Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and 32 counts of attempted pre-meditated murder for the Nov. 2009 shooting rampage on post.

He faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole in convicted.

His military trial is set to begin in August.

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