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Witnesses key at Ft. Hood shooting suspect hearing

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By Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Witnesses to a gunman's deadly rampage at Fort Hood are expected to begin describing the attack to a military court Tuesday, providing new details about the scene that unfolded nearly a year ago in a processing center as soldiers made final preparations to deploy.

The Article 32 hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to put Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan on trial. The proceedings had been expected to begin at 8 a.m. but some 2 1/2 hours later the hearing had yet to begin. No reason was given for the delay.

Earlier, court officials ushered the dozens of journalists awaiting the hearing into a building outside the courthouse as Hasan was taken inside.

Hasan, 40, is charged with premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack, which killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. It was the worst mass shooting at an American military base.

At the military base early Tuesday, barriers blocked the front of the courthouse and soldiers stopped and searched all vehicles. Courtroom spectators passed through metal detectors, and green cloth covered fences were set up at the rear of the courthouse to prevent photographers from catching even a glimpse of Hasan as he arrived.


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