Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Witnesses key at Ft. Hood shooting suspect hearing

Hopefully a speedy Trial, and an even speedier execution .

Witnesses to a gunman's rampage at Fort Hood will begin describing the attack for a military officer Tuesday, providing new details about the scene that unfolded nearly a year ago in a processing center where soldiers were making final preparations to deploy.

The Article 32 hearing involving Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to last at least three weeks and will determine whether there is enough evidence to put the Army psychiatrist on trial. Such hearings are unique to military court, where prosecutors and the defense can call witnesses, and both sides are able to question them and present other evidence.

Hasan, 40, is charged with premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack, which killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. It was the worst mass shooting at an American military base.

When the proceeding begins, Hasan will be sitting just a few feet from the witnesses.

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