First Court Appearance For Fort Hood Shooting Suspect

The Army psychiatrist accused of gunning down 13 people at Fort Hood is to make his first military courtroom appearance Tuesday as his attorney seeks to delay the case.

But Maj. Nidal Hasan isn't expected to speak during the hearing.

Military prosecutors and defense attorneys instead plan to discuss case preparations.

Defense attorney John Galligan says he'll seek to delay Hasan's Article 32 hearing. That's similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding in which a judge hears witness testimony to determine whether the case should go to trial.

Authorities have said it could be held as early as July 1.

Galligan says the hearing shouldn't go on before Oct. 1 because he still needs key case documents.

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