First Hearing for Accused Ft. Hood Gunman Saturday


SAN ANTONIO (November 20, 2009)—Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood psychiatrist charged in the shooting rampage on Nov. 5 at Fort Hood, will have his first court hearing in his hospital room on Saturday, according to his attorney, John Galligan.

Galligan said Friday military prosecutors notified him of their plans for the hearing at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Hasan has been recovering there since the shooting at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded.

Two civilian Fort Hood police officers shot Hasan.

The hearing will determine whether Hasan will be placed in pre-trial confinement, which usually means jail, but Galligan said he will argue that Hasan should remain in intensive care because he is paralyzed and still needs hospital care.

Fort Hood officials didn't immediately return a call about the hearing.

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