Judge sets Fort Hood suspect trial for July 9

Judge sets Fort Hood suspect trial for July 9

Judge sets Fort Hood suspect trial for July 9

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 3:17 PM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Jury selection will start July 9 in the murder trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

The judge set the date after rejecting Maj. Nidal Hasan's request for a three-month trial delay.

Col. Tara Osborn, the judge, says testimony will start Aug. 6 at the earliest.

Jury selection will start later in July if a jury consultant hired for Hasan's defense is unavailable. Right now he's scheduled to be working on another case in mid-July.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the attack that left 13 dead on the Texas Army post.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A military judge has refused a three-month trial delay for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Maj. Nidal Hasan made the request after the judge allowed him to represent himself at the court-martial. Hasan said he needed more time to prepare for his defense strategy.

Last week the judge barred Hasan from telling jurors that he shot U.S. troops because they posed an immediate threat to Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Hasan told the judge that he no longer needed more time to prepare.

Col. Tara Osborn, the judge, is expected to set a trial date later Tuesday.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the attack that left 13 dead on the Texas Army post.


 

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