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Hasan's attorney asks for another delay in court-martial

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
updated 4:28 PM EDT, Wed April 4, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hearing held Wednesday for psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas
  • Judge says defense request for the delay will be discussed at a hearing next week
  • Maj. Hasan's court-martial was originally set to start on March 5, then was set for June 12
  • New motion asks the judge to start the court-martial in October

(CNN) -- A judge will consider another delay in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the military psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

During a pretrial motion hearing at the base Wednesday the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, said the defense request for the delay will be discussed at a hearing next week, along with a motion regarding three potential defense witnesses.

Gross also ruled on other motions, including denying one to set aside the death penalty as a possible punishment in the case and denying a defense motion to interview the commanding officer who ordered the court-martial.

Hasan's court-martial was originally set to start on March 5, but that was pushed back to June 12 at the request of Hasan's attorney. The new motion asks the judge to start the court-martial in October.

The massacre at Fort Hood occurred November 5, 2009. The military has charged Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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