Fort Hood Suspect's Lawyers Discuss Jury Screening

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Attorneys for the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage are questioning the jury screening process in his murder trial.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys on Friday said they want to interview Fort Hood's commanding general and staff judge advocate separately about their initial screening process for potential jurors.

The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, is allowing defense attorneys to question the officials together.

Gross on Friday denied a defense request for information about all soldiers who didn't end up in the jury pool. Potential jurors will come from Fort Hood and other Army posts.

The court-martial is to start Aug. 20 on the Texas Army post.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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