Army Major Nidal Hasan's lawyers seek to block testimony

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News

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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 7:55 AM

AUSTIN -- Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled Thursday morning for the accused gunman in the shootings at Fort Hood.

Army Major Nidal Hasan's lawyers want to block some testimony.
 
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. It’s scheduled as a half-day administrative hearing. Prosecutors and defense lawyers will present the judge with arguments over the upcoming testimony.
 
Hasan's lawyers want to block testimony from Evan Kohlmann. Kohlmann is a terrorism expert who's testified in more than two dozen other cases in government court. He studied the shooting rampage on post and concluded that Hasan is a “homegrown terrorist.”
 
“A lot of people want to see closure brought to this. A lot of emotions are involved in an incident because this is a small, tight-knit army community,” said military editor of the Killeen Daily Herald Amanda Kim Stairett.
 
The Army major is charged with 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and 32 counts of attempted pre-meditated murder from the shootings on post back in November 2009.
 
“This is the worse incident of soldier on soldier violence in history. This was a major event,” said Ana Campoy of the Wall Street Journal.
 
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted.
 
Hasan likely won't be in court Thursday morning because of his beard. His lawyers say it's an expression of his Islamic faith, but it's also against Army regulations. The court has fined Hasan twice, most recently last Friday, for refusing to shave.
 
Hasan's trial is still set to begin on Aug. 20.

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