Hasan May Plead Guilty, Describe Ft. Hood Attack
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. A military appeals court has thrown out a judge's order to forcibly shave the Fort Hood shooting suspect and removed the judge from the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 that Col. Gregory Gross didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram, File)
Updated at 6:37 PM CST on Friday, Mar 1, 2013
An Army psychiatrist may soon admit to and describe the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys say he wants to accept responsibility in the attack that killed 13 on the Texas Army post.
Hasan has indicated he may plead guilty to lesser charges of unpremeditated murder.
If the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, allows Hasan to plead guilty to those charges, she'll hold an inquiry in which he must admit guilt and describe the events of Nov. 5, 2009.
Hasan's trial will still start in May and he'll face the death penalty if convicted of premeditated murder.
Some military law experts say it's a legal strategy designed to gain sympathy from jurors in an attempt to avoid a death sentence.
Published at 6:37 PM CST on Mar 1, 2013
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