Fort Hood victims upset; suspect can question them

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Nidal Hasan the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that left 13 dead. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge will decide whether to delay the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect by three months to allow the accused Army psychiatrist more time to prepare.

Maj. Nidal Hasan requested the delay after Col. Tara Osborn ruled Monday that he can represent himself. But Osborn, the judge, scolded Hasan, reminding him that he previously said he wouldn’t need extra time. Jury selection is set for Wednesday.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 attack on the Texas Army post.

Some survivors say they’re angry that Hasan can approach and question them.

Retired Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning says testifying will be more difficult but that he’s prepared.

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