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An undated handout photo of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas.
An undated handout photo of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas. U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/Getty Images
A military judge presiding over an Article 32 hearing involving Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in a deadly shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, has given the defense team one day to explain — in writing — its request for a delay.
According to NPR's Wade Goodwyn, in Killeen, Texas, lawyers for the defense said "there were new facts that the needed to consider, and they wanted to consider also paperwork that they had to do."
The defense has maintained for quite a while that they haven't had enough time.
The hearing is scheduled to resume tomorrow morning.
"This is a hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to to trial," Goodwyn explains.
There is a broad consensus — among layers, among the media — that this is probably a slam dunk, but nevertheless, this a process that the court has to go through.
We expect to hear dozens of witnesses who were wounded by the shooter, who were in the readinesses center at the time of the rampage.
Hasan, who was shot minutes after the attack, is now paralyzed. Wearing fatigues and a knit stocking cap, he was strapped to his chair.