hasan Trial Date Set For Fort Hood Shooting Suspect

U.S. Army doctor Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is the lone suspect in the shooting death of 13 people and wounding of 31 others at Fort Hood in 2009. (credit: Bell Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

FORT HOOD (CBSDFW.COM) – The general court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with the 2009 Fort Hood shootings,  is scheduled to begin August 20.

Hasan’s attorneys wanted his court-martial delayed from August until December, saying they needed more time to prepare.

Maj. Hasan’s defense team is also asking that a terrorism expert not be allowed to testify at the court-martial.  They are questioning the methods Evan Kohlmann used in his study of the case in which he concluded that Hasan is a homegrown terrorist.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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