Fort Hood Shooter Given Until Monday To Justify Defense Of Others Strategy
At a hearing Wednesday, judge Col. Tara Osborn gave Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan until the close of business on Monday, June 10th to provide justification for the “defense of others” strategy he plans to use while representing himself at trial. Hasan had requested a continuance of three months.
Hasan, who claims to have insufficient access to legal research material, expressed concern that too many trees would be killed if he were to print the results of his research. He repeated a request for internet access, but Col. Osborn denied the request.
The defendant will say at trial that he carried out a November 5, 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in order to defend Taliban leaders and other radical Islamic militants from American troops deploying to Afghanistan. His attack left 13 people dead and 30 injured.
Pre-trial motions are scheduled to be presented at a hearing beginning at 9 A.M. Tuesday, June 11.