Monday Hearing Will Discuss Whether Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Is Fit To Represent Himself
Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan will be in court Monday to discuss with judge Colonel Tara Osborn whether or not he is physically healthy enough to represent himself during his trial.
The pre-trial hearing comes after Osborn ordered a physical evaluation of Hasan last week. Hasan has requested to fire his attorneys and be responsible for his own defense. Osborn has ruled that Hasan is mentally competent to do so, but she had concerns about his physical condition.
If Osborn deems Hasan fit to represent himself, he will be allowed to question and cross-examine witnesses, including victims of his 2009 terrorist attack and their families.
Jury selection Is set to begin two days after today’s pre-trial hearing and is expected to last several weeks. Testimony is set to begin in July. Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. If he is found guilty, he faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.