Judge To Rule Whether Ft. Hood Suspect Gets Experts

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage is expected to be back in a military courtroom.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's defense attorneys were to argue motions about the death penalty Wednesday. A military judge also was expected to rule on previous defense requests for a jury consultant and another expert.

Hasan faces a death sentence or life in prison if convicted in the November 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post. He's charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

He hasn't yet entered a plea. His March trial at Fort Hood is expected to last several months.
The 41-year-old Hasan was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by police that day. He remains jailed.