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Judge Delays Trial for Fort Hood Shooting Suspect

Major Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people, wounding 32.

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    A military judge has delayed until June the murder trial for the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

    Attorneys for Maj. Nidal Hasan argued Thursday they didn't have all the evidence they needed to be ready for the March trial.

    In court, Hasan's attorneys told a judge they've received more than 320,000 documents in the case and need more time to dig into Hasan's background, including gathering information about Hasan's family, academics, religion and his medical and mental health.

    Prosecutors insisted they didn't need more time, noting one defense expert was hired nearly two years ago. Prosecutors also said Hasan's team has spent nearly $250,000 in government money to prepare for the trial.

    The defense asked the trial be pushed back to July, but the judge settled for June.

    Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the November 2009 attack at the Texas Army post. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

    The 41-year-old Hasan remains jailed. He's paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the rampage.