Suspect in Fort Hood shootings to be arraigned

Suspect in Fort Hood shootings to be arraigned

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FILE - The 2007 file photo provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) shows Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan when he undertook the Disaster and Military Psychiatry Fellowship program. Fort Hood's commanding general announced Wednesday, July 6, 2011, that Hasan, charged in the deadly Fort Hood rampage in Texas, will be court-martialed and face the death penalty. (AP Photo/USUHS, File)

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by ANGELA K. BROWN

The Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage is to be arraigned in a military court.

Wednesday will be Maj. Nidal Hasan's first courtroom appearance since the Army post's commander announced two weeks ago that Hasan would face the death penalty. He's charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

It's unclear if Hasan will enter a plea Wednesday. Under military law, suspects cannot plead guilty in death penalty cases.

The military judge is expected to set a trial date.

Hasan's attorneys haven't said if they're considering an insanity defense. Hasan's mental evaluation report hasn't been disclosed.

The 40-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him the day of the shootings in November 2009. He remains jailed.

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