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UNITED STATES 29 May & 1 Jul 2013 Accused in Army base shooting rampage on trial

Jury selection begins on 29 May in Ft. Hood, Texas, for the court martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. The Army psychiat

May 28, 2013 - NULL

UNITED STATES 29 May & 1 Jul 2013 Accused in Army base shooting rampage on trial

Jury selection begins on 29 May in Ft. Hood, Texas, for the court martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. The Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder after a shooting rampage on 5 Nov 2009 at the Ft. Hood Army base. It is the worst mass shooting on a US military installation. Testimony is due to start on 1 Jul. The government has some 300 witnesses, and the trial is expected to last through September. If

UNITED STATES 29 May & 1 Jul 2013 Accused in Army base shooting rampage on trial

Jury selection begins on 29 May in Ft. Hood, Texas, for the court martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. The Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder after a shooting rampage on 5 Nov 2009 at the Ft. Hood Army base. It is the worst mass shooting on a US military installation. Testimony is due to start on 1 Jul. The government has some 300 witnesses, and the trial is expected to last through September. If convicted, Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole.

The start of the trial has been long delayed because of the defendant's beard. The army mandates clean-shaven defendants. Hasan, a Muslim, grew a beard and refused to shave for religious reasons. The military judge, Col. Gregory Gross, ordered Hasan to shave or be forcibly shaved. Hasan's attorneys appealed. The defendant might be allowed to keep his beard.

According to AP, on the day of the shooting witnesses said a gunman wearing an Army combat uniform shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- "God is great!" in Arabic -- and opened fire in a crowded medical building. Authorities and several witnesses identified the gunman as Hasan, an American-born Muslim who was to deploy to Afghanistan soon. The newswire said that a Senate report released in 2011 said the FBI missed warning signs about Hasan, alleging he had become an Islamic extremist and a "ticking time bomb" before the attack at Fort Hood. (WRITTEN FEB 2013)

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RELATED READING:

Judge sets trial date for Nidal Malik Hasan in Ft. Hood rampage (LA Times 28 Feb 2013)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-fort-hood-trial-date-set-20130228,0,7525039.story

Judge Rules Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Major Nidal Hasan Can Face Death Penalty (AP/FOX 30 Jan 2013)
http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/01/30/judge-rules-fort-hood-shooting-suspect-major-nidal-hasan-can-face-death-penalty/

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Date written/update: 2013-05-28