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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.)

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 (AP) - Just three weeks before he’s to stand trial for the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, an Army psychiatrist wants his trial delayed until this fall.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s attorneys are to ask a judge Thursday to delay the court-martial from late May until Sept. 1.

At Thursday’s hearing, the military judge also is expected to rule on whether Hasan’s relatives will be compelled to testify.

Jury selection is to start May 29, with testimony to begin July 1. The trial will be held on the Central Texas Army post where the 2009 attack took place.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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