Defense Won’t Present Evidence In Hasan Hearing At Fort Hood

Defense attorney John Galligan said Tuesday he doesn't plan to present evidence in a hearing that will determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan is tried for the Nov. 9, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. (File photo)

FORT WORTH (November 9, 2010)--The defense doesn't plan to present evidence when a military hearing resumes next week at Fort Hood that will determine whether Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial for the deadly Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center.

Defense attorney John Galligan said Tuesday that the government had offered "no surprises" in presenting its case over two weeks in October before Hasan's Article 32 hearing was recessed as the post prepared to observe the anniversary of the shooting.

An Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury review.

It will resume briefly Monday before closing.

A decision on whether Hasan go on trial for 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder will be made later.

Military law experts say it's not unusual for the defense not to present evidence during such hearings.

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