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Judge stalls Hood shooting suspect's delay request

Jun. 5, 2013 - 03:24PM   |  
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FORT HOOD, TEXAS — A U.S. military judge says she’ll decide next week whether to delay a shooting suspect’s trial after hearing more about his strategy to defend himself for the 2009 Army base attack that killed 13 people.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is seeking a three-month delay to prepare. His “defense of others” strategy requires him to prove the shootings were necessary to protect others from imminent harm or death.

Hasan says U.S. troops deploying from the Army post posed an immediate danger to Taliban fighters.

The judge said Wednesday she’s giving Hasan more time to file paperwork about his evidence. The next hearing is Tuesday.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted.

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