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6 dismissed in 1st day of Fort Hood murder trial

July 9, 2013 • National News


The Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Fort Hood , Texas. An Army psychiatrist going on trial in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting wants to tell potential jurors that he’s being forced to wear a military uniform he believes represents “an enemy of Islam,” he told a judge Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage declined to ask potential jurors any questions Tuesday as jury selection finally began in his long-awaited murder trial.

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is serving as his own attorney, didn’t take notes or confer with his former defense attorneys who will help if he asks. During the nearly two-hour proceeding with the first group of 20 potential jurors, Hasan sat quietly in his wheelchair as the judge gave preliminary instructions and read about 300 witness names to find out if any of the Army officers knew them.

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