Judge orders Fort Hood shooter to stand trial in 3 months

FORT HOOD, Tex.(WVLT/CNN)-- An Army psychiatrist accused of opening fire and killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, will begin trial proceedings in three months, a military judge ruled.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted in the 2009 attack at the post's processing center, where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The November 5, 2009, attack left 13 dead and 32 people wounded in what has been described as the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military instillation. Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down after police exchanged fire with him.

Judge Tara Osborn ordered Hasan's court -martial to begin May 29 with jury selection and testimony to begin on July 1.

The start of Hasan's court-martial has been repeatedly delayed since its initial start date last March. One of the delays was over the question of whether the Army major's beard could be forcibly shaved.

Army regulations prevent soldiers from wearing facial hair while in uniform. Hasan, who is still considered a soldier, is a practicing Muslim and maintains he has the right to wear the beard under U.S. laws protecting religious freedoms.

On Thursday, Hasan's attorney requested a change of venue, telling the court that his client could not get a fair court-martial. Osborn did not immediately issue a ruling.

If convicted, Hasan faces a possible death penalty.


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