Civil Liberties

Fort Hood Shooter May Get More Time to Prepare Defense

Nidal Hasan wanted to claim defense of others, specifically Taliban fighters


An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 could learn on Tuesday whether a judge will grant him more time to prepare as he represents himself in the military trial.

Major Nidal Hasan, 42, could face the death penalty in the trial, now scheduled to begin with opening statements on July 1 after several delays, most recently because he has been allowed to represent himself and relegate his military lawyers to an advisory role.