Testimony Begins in Fort Hood Shooting Hearing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An investigating officer has started to hear testimony at a military hearing to determine if an Army psychiatrist accused in last year's deadly Fort Hood shootings should go to trial.

Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., is the first witness to the Nov. 5 shootings to testify at the Article 32 hearing.

A military court has heard a recording of a 911 call in which a terrified civilian worker begged for help as gunfire and screams rang out around her during last year's deadly rampage at Fort Hood.

Speaking at an Article 32 hearing to determine if an Army psychiatrist accused in the attack should stand trial, medical technician Michelle Harper said Wednesday that she hid under a desk at the Army base's processing center when gunfire erupted

She said she could only see the shooter's slow, deliberate footsteps around the center as the tragedy unfolded.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. The attack was the worst mass shooting at an American military base.

Col. James L. Pohl, a military judge presiding over the hearing as its investigating officer, made no mention of the defense team's request for a delay to the hearing until Nov. 8 as the hearing resumed Wednesday.

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