Grand Jury Hearings Begin for Fort Hood Shootings

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Nearly a year after Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, grand jury–style hearings will begin today in a military court. The hearings are designed to determine what charges will be brought in trial. There are currently thirteen counts of murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder against him. It is yet unclear whether the defendant's lawyers will choose an insanity defense — though Hasan did meet with a team of mental-health experts last week. The hearings could last a month, and more than 100 witnesses could be called. Meanwhile, Hasan is now paralyzed from the waist down after damage from the cop's bullet that stopped his rampage.

A.M. Top News: Alleged Fort Hood shooter faces preliminary military hearing [NJ.com]