Fort Hood shooter faces bedside hearing: lawyer



WASHINGTON- The army psychiatrist accused of a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas will have his first pre-trial court hearing Saturday in his hospital room, his lawyer's office told AFP.
Major Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with 13 counts of pre-meditated murder, will have a confinement hearing at the Brook Army Medical Center near San Antonio, Texas, said a representative for attorney John Galligan, who asked not to be named.



Fort Hood shooter faces bedside hearing: lawyer
The defense team will argue for more time in determining where to hold Hasan and other procedural issues because of his medical condition, the source said.
Hasan is paralyzed below the waist from being shot several times after he allegedly opened fire on a crowd of his fellow soldiers.
The November 5 rampage in the troops readiness center also left 42 people wounded.
"His medical condition is still extremely serious," Galligan said last week, adding Hasan was confused and his speech is a "little garbled."
Hasan, who has already been read the charges against him, is being investigated for links to militant Islam and will be tried in a military court for the fatal shootings of 12 soldiers and one civilian.
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Image: AFP/USUHS-HO/File.

Saturday, November 21st 2009
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