Accused Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan to Keep Beard for Trial
Courtesy Brigitte Woosley
(KCEN) -- Accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan appeared before a new judge in a pretrial hearing today.
Col. Tara Osborn is now overseeing Hasan's trial pretrial hearing on post. She confirmed today that Hasan keeping his beard is a voluntary choice and that Hasan realizes that some people on the panel might have an adverse opinion because of his beard.
The defense then said they want to come up with a proposal to instruct the panel on the beard situation. The defense also has seven old motions they want to re litigate and 13 motions they want to reconsider with no additional evidence or briefs.
One of the motions the defense wants to re litigate is asking for the court martial case to be moved out of Fort Hood. They also want to re litigate their request for a media consultant and their request for a victim outreach specialist. The defense is asking for a re litigation to limit testimony from the government terrorism expert as well.
One of the major issues the defense wants to reconsider is the release of communication with the White House.
Judge Osborn wants both sides to propose a briefing schedule on December 28 and said another pretrial hearing will be held in January.
There is no trial date set yet.
Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a shooting massacre on Fort Hood in November of 2009.