Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:21am EDT
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A military board on Wednesday denied a request by a Muslim Army major charged in last year’s killing rampage at Fort Hood to delay a tribunal until November.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, is charged in a shooting spree at the Texas Army base’s soldier processing center on November 5, 2009, that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.
Col. James Pohl, the presiding officer at Hasan’s hearing, denied a request from Hasan’s lawyers to delay the Article 32 evidentiary hearing to determine if a military court-martial is warranted until November 8.
Legal experts expect the case to proceed and Hasan, a 40-year-old Army psychiatrist, could face the death penalty. Pohl has said he will call as witnesses the 32 people wounded during the shooting. The proceeding, which is open to the media, could stretch over a month.
Fort Hood is the world’s largest military facility a major deployment point for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio, writing by Chris Baltimore; Editing by Doina Chiacu