Maj. Nidal Hasan (Jail photo)
BELL COUNTY (June 26, 2012)—A new mug shot has been released that shows Army Maj. Nidal Hasan with the beard that could keep him out of a Fort Hood courtroom during a pretrial hearing scheduled for Friday.
Hasan remains in custody in the Bell County Jail.
The accused gunman watched a pretrial hearing on June 19 on closed circuit television at Fort Hood after the military judge in charge of his case had him removed from the courtroom.
Col. Gregory Gross had Hasan taken from the courtroom to a trailer about 15 feet away from the building after he determined that Hasan violated his order to shave his beard and groom his hair.
Another hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday and unless Hasan shaves or the Department of the Army grants an exception to regulations as a religious accommodation, he’ll view the proceedings on a closed-circuit feed again, Gross said.
Hasan’s attorneys indicated they would take the issue to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Hasan faces the possibility of the death penalty if he's convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack at the post's Soldier Readiness Center.