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Testimony begins in military shooting hearing

 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2009 file photo, an entrance to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas, near Killeen is seen. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)
 FILE - This 2000 file photo provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences shows Nidal Malik Hasan when was a medical student a...
 A television news vehicle undergoes  a security check outside the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan begins Tuesd...
 Members of the media are checked in for an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, 40, is c...
 Military police check a vehicle outside the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be held, Tue...
 Members of the media check in for an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, 40, is charged...
 In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, right, speaks to Investigating Officer Col. James L. Pohl, center, while Maj. Nidal M...
 In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, left,  attends his Article 32 hearing as Col. James L. Pohl, right, a military judge acting as the ...
 An unidentified man enters a security area at the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be hel...
 An unidentified man is checked by military personnel behind a security fence at the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal ...
 A police dog is used to walk the perimeter of the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be hel...

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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2009 file photo, an entrance to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas, near Killeen is seen. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

Fort Hood Shooting

FILE - This 2000 file photo provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences shows Nidal Malik Hasan when was a medical student a...

Fort Hood Shooting

A television news vehicle undergoes a security check outside the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan begins Tuesd...

Fort Hood Shooting

Members of the media are checked in for an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, 40, is c...

Fort Hood Shooting

Military police check a vehicle outside the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be held, Tue...

Fort Hood Shooting

Members of the media check in for an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, 40, is charged...

APTOPIX Fort Hood Shooting

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, right, speaks to Investigating Officer Col. James L. Pohl, center, while Maj. Nidal M...

Fort Hood Shooting

In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, left, attends his Article 32 hearing as Col. James L. Pohl, right, a military judge acting as the ...

Fort Hood Shooting

An unidentified man enters a security area at the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be hel...

Fort Hood Shooting

An unidentified man is checked by military personnel behind a security fence at the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal ...

Fort Hood Shooting

A police dog is used to walk the perimeter of the U.S. Magistrate court where an Article 32 hearing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is scheduled to be hel...

A hearing to determine if an Army psychiatrist accused in last year's deadly Fort Hood shootings should go to trial resumed with testimony Wednesday. No mention was made of a defense request to delay the hearing until after the anniversary of the attack.
Maj. Nidal Hasan, 40, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in Nov. 5 attack _ the worst mass shooting at an American military base.
First to testify at Hasan's Article 32 hearing was Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot in the Fort Hood attack. Lunsford, who is now based at Fort Bragg, California, provided a physical description of the processing center where the shootings took place.
The hearing, a proceeding unique to military law, will determine if there's enough evidence to move forward to a trial. It is expected to last at least three weeks.
Col. James L. Pohl, a military judge presiding over the hearing as its investigating officer, made no mention Wednesday of a request by Hasan's lawyers to postpone the hearing until Nov. 8, after the anniversary of the attacks.
The Article 32 hearing was halted almost as soon as it started Tuesday when Hasan's attorneys sought extra time "to process paperwork," according to Pohl. He had said he would hear arguments on the defense request Wednesday, but did not comment on the proposed delay when proceedings resumed.
Prosecutors are expected to call survivors of the attack among witnesses. They have not said whether they will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial.
Defense lawyers declined to elaborate on reasons for the requested delay following Tuesday's session, which totaled about 15 minutes in court.
"Nothing can be said," John Galligan, Hasan's lead attorney, said. "We have work to do."
Lead prosecutor Col. Michael Mulligan opposed a postponement, saying Hasan's legal team already has had months to prepare.
Witnesses say Hasan used two personal pistols, one a semiautomatic, to take some 100 shots at about 300 people Nov. 5 at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where soldiers were making final preparations to deploy. Fort Hood police officers shot at him during the attack, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
He's been in custody since, hospitalized first in San Antonio, then moved to jail in Bell County, which houses military suspects for nearby Fort Hood. The military justice system does not offer bail.
Security has been tight at the Fort Hood courthouse, where soldiers at newly installed barriers restricted traffic. Patrol cars cruised the area. Bomb-sniffing dogs scrutinized vehicles. A small group of reporters allowed into the courtroom went through metal detectors, while photographers outside were blocked from any view of Hasan arriving.
At an auxiliary courtroom where other media monitored proceedings on a closed-circuit TV feed, cell phones were collected and access to the Internet was barred.


Updated : 2021-10-17 03:29 GMT+08:00