Maj. Nidal Hasan (Jail photo)
FORT HOOD (February 28, 2013)—The selection of a jury panel to hear the case of accused Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan will begin on May 29 and the court-martial will begin on July 1, military judge Col. Tara Osborn said Thursday.
Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center.
If convicted he could be sentenced to death.
During a pretrial hearing Thursday, Osborn ruled that the military’s capital sentencing procedures comply with constitutional requirements and refused a defense request for special sentencing procedures.
She also heard arguments on defense motion seeking to move the court-martial from Fort Hood and to disqualify all Army officers from serving on the jury panel because of pretrial publicity, but reserved a ruling.
Another pretrial hearing is scheduled on March 20 during which the defense is expected to challenge the admissibility of the testimony of terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.