Defense for accused Fort Hood shooter granted delay
The defense team for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan was granted a delay in meeting with Army officials Tuesday.
According to Fort Hood officials, Col. Morgan Lamb, the special court martial convening authority in the case, is now scheduled to meet with the defense Feb. 23.
During that meeting, the defense will present any additional matters they would like Lamb to consider before he makes his recommendation on the case.
Under the military justice system, the special court martial convening authority can refer the charges to a special court martial or forward the charges to the general court martial convening authority.
Last November, the investigating officer in Hasan's Article 32 hearing recommended that the case be referred to a general court martial. The general court martial is considered the highest level of the military court martial, with death as the maximum punishment.
Tuesday's delay comes after a mental evaluation report was submitted to both the defense and Army officials last week. Hasan's civilian defense attorney John Galligan has yet to release any details on what was contained in the report.
The report is supposed to be an assessment of whether Hasan is mentally competent to stand trial.
Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the Nov. 5, 2009 shootings at Fort Hood.
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