Hasan Pre-Trial Hearing Sets Stage For Tuesday Court Martial

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FORT HOOD — An Army judge reviewed issues with court martial panel members Monday to set the stage for Tuesday’s beginning of the trial for Fort Hood gunman Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Judge Col. Tara Osborn reviewed each panel member individually on Monday and set times for Tuesday’s trial.

Government prosecutors, Hasan and his supporting and defense lawyers were ordered to be at the courthouse at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and panel members were directed to be on hand at 9 a.m. when opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense.

The trial could last several weeks.

As well the president of the court martial panel was selected from the group.

Decorum dictates the president be the highest ranking member of the panel, in this case a female Army colonel.

She is one of only two women who were selected to serve on the jury.

Osborn questioned each member of the panel to ensure they had not been influenced by pre-trial coverage of the event and asked each one if they still felt they could serve on the 13-member panel.

As each one answered yes, there were no objections from either the government or Hasan, who is acting as his own lawyer.

Hasan faces a possible death penalty if he is convicted of the charges against him, which include 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and more than 30 counts of attempted pre-medicated murder as a result of a 2009 shooting rampage on post.