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Hearing Opened, Adjourned In Case Of Accused Fort Hood Killer


U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Fallen Soldier Memorial at Fort Hood after the November 2009 tragedy.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Fallen Soldier Memorial at Fort Hood after the November 2009 tragedy.

A military tribunal opened and quickly adjourned a hearing to decide if a U.S. Army major should stand trial for last year's shooting spree at the Fort Hood base in Texas that killed 13 people left more than 40 others wounded.

The investigating officer in the case adjourned the proceedings for the day with no witnesses called, saying the suspect's defense must explain in writing their request for a delay.

The accused, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, was left paralyzed by bullet wounds inflicted after he allegedly opened fire at the base on November 5.

Hasan, who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder, is alleged to have links to Islamic extremism.

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