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Judge To Hear Defense Motions In Fort Hood Case

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FORT HOOD (AP) – A military judge has set a hearing for this week to consider defense motions for an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to be in court for Thursday’s hearing at Fort Hood.

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

The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, will consider two defense motions seeking certain expert witnesses for Hasan’s case.

Thursday’s hearing will be the first since Hasan was arraigned in July. He hasn’t yet entered a plea.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole if convicted at his military trial set to begin in March at the Central Texas Army post.

  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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