Judge to rule on Fort Hood suspect’s delay request

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge is expected to decide whether to delay the Fort Hood shooting suspect’s trial after hearing more about his defense strategy.

Maj. Nidal Hasan has requested a three-month delay to prepare for his “defense of others” strategy. It requires him to prove the 2009 shooting rampage was necessary to protect others from imminent harm or death.

Hasan says U.S. troops on the Texas Army post were about to deploy to Afghanistan, posing an immediate danger to Taliban fighters.

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, won’t rule on the delay request Wednesday until she hears if he has evidence.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted in the attack that killed 13.

Osborn said jury selection set for this week would start no sooner than Monday.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s