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Fort Hood Suspect’s Arraignment Set For Next Week

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FORT HOOD (AP) – The Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation will be arraigned in a military court next week.

It will be Maj. Nidal Hasan’s first court appearance since Fort Hood’s commander decided he would face the death penalty.

Defense attorney John Galligan declined to say whether Hasan will enter a plea when he’s arraigned Wednesday in a Fort Hood courtroom. Military law says suspects charged in death-penalty cases are not allowed to plead guilty.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 rampage.

Galligan told The Associated Press Friday that the military judge also will set Hasan’s trial date, possibly as early as March.

Jurors will be brought in from Fort Sill, Okla.

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