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Ft. Hood Shooter Speaks; His Family Hires Defense Lawyer

Updated— Since this post was originally written, it's becomes known that when alleged Ft. Hood mass killer Maj. Nidal Hasan spoke Monday he invoked his right to have a lawyer. Also, his lawyer, John Galligan, a retired colonel, did speak with his client Monday.

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There were some developments Monday in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood Army Base massacre last Thursday in which 13 people were shot dead and 29 were wounded.

It was reported Monday that Army Major Nidal Hasan, 39, the alleged killer, was able to speak. Neither military or hospital officials reported what he said.

Meanwhile, Hasan's family apparently retained a lawyer, retired Col. John P. Galligan who said during an interview that he was hired by the family. He also said he had informed military officials that until he meets with Hasan, there were to be no law enforcement interviews or interrogations of his client.

"We want to insure that all of his rights under the law are protected and that's my intent," Galligan said.

Meanwhile, preparations for the memorial service at Ft. Hood were well underway. The service was scheduled for Tuesday at 2 pm ET. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries were scheduled to attend.

NPR, like other news outlets, will provide live coverage of the memorial service.