Mental exam set this week for Fort Hood suspect
POSTED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 8:34pm
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in last year's deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage is to have a mental evaluation this week.
Maj. Nidal Hasan's lead defense attorney, John Galligan, says his client will be evaluated as early as Tuesday by a three-member military mental health panel.
The panel determine whether Hasan is competent to stand trial and his mental status the day of the shootings on the Central Texas Army post.
Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. An Army colonel has made an initial recommendation that Hasan be court-martialed and face the death penalty, but the final decision rests with a commanding general.
Galligan says he objects to the evaluation because the panel lacks documents in the case.