Updated 03/20/2013 01:25 PM
Hasan trial will stay at Fort Hood
Maj. Nidal Hasan will be tried at Fort Hood on July 1, a judge ruled Wednesday afternoon.
Hasan will be tried on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 shooting massacre at the huge Army post near Killeen. Defense attorneys for Hasan filed a motion for the trial to be moved, but Col. Tara Osborn, the judge in the case, ruled there is no substantial reason for a new venue.
The were also be no changes made the to jury selection process which is scheduled to begin at the end of May. Osborn said Fort Hood is fully prepared to handle the capital murder trial.
The trial is scheduled to begin on July 1. During pretrial hearings scheduled this week, Col. Osborn must rule on 22 motions filed by prosecutors and defense counsel.
The testimony of terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann is among the items on the table. In his evaluation, Kohlmann said Hasan meets six factors indicating someone is a homegrown terrorist.
Defense lawyers said prosecutors don’t need Kohlmann’s testimony or his evaluation to show motive or premeditation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.