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Fort Hood shooting suspect Hasan to represent himself at trial

By WDBJ7 Web Staff
Published On: Jun 03 2013 09:33:55 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 12:37:17 PM EDT
Fort Hood shooting suspect Hasan to represent himself at trial
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -

A military judge is allowing the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to represent himself at his upcoming murder trial.

The judge also ruled Monday that Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys will remain on the case, but only if he asks for their help.

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, said last week that a report indicates Hasan is mentally competent to represent himself.

A doctor testified Monday that Hasan's paralysis won't have a significant impact during proceedings. He's paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the attack on the Texas Army post.

Jury selection is set to start Wednesday. Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the attack that killed 13.

Hasan has ties to the WDBJ7 viewing area. He graduated from William Fleming High School in Roanoke in 1988. He also graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in 1995. Hasan also attended Virginia Western Community College.