FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Jury selection is set to start Tuesday in the long-awaited murder trial of the Army psychiatrist charged with opening fire in a Fort Hood building nearly four years ago.
Before it could begin, last-minute issues were addressed at a morning hearing.
Maj. Nadal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, will wear the loose-fitting camouflage uniform worn by troops in combat because of his health-related issues as a paraplegic. Typically, court martial defendants would wear a dress uniform.
Hasan was paralyzed after being shot by police during the Nov. 5, 2009 rampage on the Texas Army post that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded.
He said says he wants to tell potential jurors that he's being forced to wear a military uniform he believes represents "an enemy of Islam."
Some soldiers who survived the rampage said waiting to testify in Hasan's court-martial has caused them to miss family reunions, vacations and other events. They're tired of the unexpected legal snags and numerous delays.
Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation.
Jury selection is expected to last a month, with testimony starting in August. The jury pool of nearly 150 officers will come from Army posts nationwide, including Fort Hood.
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