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Fort Hood shooting suspect refuses to enter plea

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A military judge has entered a not-guilty plea for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Maj. Nidal Hasan refused to enter a plea Tuesday. The American-born Muslim said he earlier tried to plead guilty after his "Muslim community" told him his actions went against Islamic teachings. But he said he later came to believe his actions weren't wrong because of the war in Afghanistan.

He also asked for three more days to meet with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who he said recently offered to represent him. The judge denied the request for a delay, but said he could hire whoever he wanted as an attorney.

Hasan, 42, faces execution or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the massacre on the Texas Army post.

Under military law, a death penalty case requires a plea of not guilty.

Jury selection is set to start July 9, with testimony to start in August.

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