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Hasan Trial Date Moved

By: KWTX News
By: KWTX News

A defense motion to delay the beginning of accused Fort Hood gunman Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan's Article 32 hearing has been granted.

The proceeding, which ended around 9:45 a.m., Tuesday lasted about 30 minutes.

Investigating Officer Col. James Pohl granted the defenses' request to postpone the Article 32 until Oct. 4, when witness would begin testimony begins.

An Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent to a civilian grand jury proceeding in which a judge hears witness testimony to determine whether the case should go to trial.

Security at Fort Hood was extra tight Tuesday, surrounding the courthouse on post where Hasan was expected in attendance for a pre-trial hearing.

Hasan’s civilian defense attorney, John Galligan, arrived at the courthouse just after 7 a.m. Tuesday; the hearing was expected to begin at 10 a.m.

A small group of reporters was allowed inside the courtroom but no video was taken and no witnesses took the stand.

Hasan was present in the courtroom; while he did not make any statements to the court, he did answer yes-or-no questions directed toward him.

The prosecution team was set to go ahead with the trial beginning as early as July 1 but Galligan argued the hearing should not begin before Oct. 1 because he still needed key case documents.

The court is expected to reconvene on July 19 for a second pretrial hearing to address any outstanding issues. Both sides must notify the court if second hearing is needed by July 5.

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

See more info on KWTX.com: "UPDATE: Hasan Trial Date Moved"


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