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Mental Exam Set for Fort Hood Shooting Suspect

Mental Exam Set for Fort Hood Shooting Suspect

In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriffs Department, U.S. Major Nidal Hasan is shown after being moved from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas on Friday April 9, 2010. [AP]

Associated Press

October 05, 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – The Army psychiatrist accused in last year’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood is to have a mental evaluation before a key hearing to determine whether he will stand trial, a military commander ordered Monday.

Earlier this year Army officials appointed a three-member board of military mental health professionals to determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan is competent to stand trial. At issue is his mental status during the Nov. 5 shootings, which left 13 dead and dozens wounded on the Texas Army post.

Col. Morgan Lamb, a Fort Hood brigade commander appointed to oversee judicial matters in Hasan’s case, on Monday ordered the evaluation before next week’s Article 32 hearing, which will be held to determine whether Hasan will stand trial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Lamb had previously granted a defense team request to delay the exam for Hasan until after the hearing.

Tyler Broadway, a spokesman for the Army post, said he had no details about Lamb’s decision Monday.

It’s unclear if any findings from the mental exam would be presented at the Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent to grand jury proceedings. A military officer will hear evidence, including testimony from the nearly three dozen people who were wounded that day, and later determine if Hasan will be court-martialed.

John Galligan, Hasan’s lead defense attorney, said he has told Hasan not to cooperate with anyone who tries to evaluate him until the defense team can address “important issues dealing with timing and the composition of the (mental evaluation) board.”

“Why at the 11th hour would someone want to rush this through?” Galligan said Monday from his office near Fort Hood, about 120 miles south of Fort Worth.

The panel’s job is to determine whether Hasan had a severe mental illness at the time of the shooting, and if so, his clinical psychological diagnosis, whether that prevented him from knowing at the time that his alleged actions were wrong, and if he is competent to stand trial based on military law.

In January when Galligan requested the delay of the evaluation, he cited his lack of military files related to Hasan’s mental status and a potential conflict of interest with the panel. Galligan said one member taught at the medical school when Hasan was a student.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Bump DarkBlue. I agree 100%

  • Me__mr


    almost 4 years ago


    If he is that mentally disturbed, he won't mind being executed like the folks he executed. Do it and be done with it. Send a message to other potential POS's out there, it you take our military/law enforcement folks/first responders, we will take your life too, no questions asked.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is total BS! This guy is not legally insane in any shape or form. He is simply a dedicated Muslim terrorist. He should be found guilty on all accounts and then sentenced to death. Hopefully this will take a couple of years to carry out and during that time he should be placed in GP or in the cellblock that houses Gays. Muslims hate gays and think they are filthy and an abomination. Maybe they will sexually assault him enough to drive him insane before we kill him.

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The problem is he is a Psychiatrist. He will know exactly what to say and do to fake being nuts. If we had a DOJ worth anything he would be labeled what he is ...a TERRORIST and be afforded PRISON.........directly.....and executed hopefully. But we don't.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump JPSarge. and Baxter 2.

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Send him to Hell ! nuts or not !

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Send him to meet his fat, disgusting virgins in paradise

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Just give him the chair and be done with it. Save everyone time and money

  • P1010076_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He killed 13 people. What about the victims' rights?

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Deep down you will find that Hasan really is a nice person. Siix feet under works for me.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Top_Cat! Enough is enough. Why is it that we waste soooooo much time and money on these POSs?

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is a load of crap....just execute the scumbag and be done with it.
    We as a nation are far too kind to these kinds of criminals.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Normally I'm a little easier going, but for this one Baxter2's idea sounds pretty good.

  • Joefriday_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Man that .47 cent hydrashock on November 5th seems like all that should have been spent on him for an evaluation.

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