Fort Hood Shooting Suspect's Hearing to be Open

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas - A military judge today rejected a defense request to keep next month's hearing about the Fort Hood massacre closed to the public.

Col. James L. Pohl previously said he planned to call the 32 people injured in the attack to testify during the Article 32 hearing -- the military equivalent to grand jury proceedings -- in the case of Major Nidal Hasan.

The Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 5th shootings.

Defense attorney John Galligan says he will appeal today's ruling.

Hasan, who is in a wheelchair, never spoke during the hearing at
the post. He's paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by
two Fort Hood police officers to end the massacre.

Pohl also denied a defense request to exclude autopsy reports from being presented at the October12th hearing, which is expected to last several weeks. Pohl says he won't hear testimony on November 4th or 5th. Fort Hood has planned several activities for the first anniversay -- including a memorial service.

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