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Trial of accused Fort Hood shooter scheduled to start Tuesday

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Experts on military law are shedding light on why it's been such a complicated case when Nidal Hasan has not denied killing 13 and wounding more than others at Fort Hood in 2009.

Military law prohibits him from entering a gulity plea because authorities are seeking the death penalty. Experts say the military is unaccustomed to dealing with death penalty cases and has struggled to avoid overtuned sentences. Any of the hundreds of decisons large or small could be fair game for appeal. One expert says the entire record will be scrutinezed by military appeals courts that have overturned most of the death sentences they've considered.

If Hasan is convicted and sentenced to death, his case will automatically go before appeals courts for the army and the armed forces. If those courts uphold the sentence, he could ask the Supreme Court for a review or file motions in federal civilian courts.

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