Fort Hood suspect seeks to represent self at trial

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A judge is expected to decide if an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial.

The judge Monday was to hear a doctor's report about Maj. Nidal Hasan's physical condition before ruling on his request. Hasan is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police the day of the attack at the Texas Army post.

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, said last week that a report indicates Hasan is mentally competent to represent himself.

It's unclear if the hearing will delay jury selection set to start Wednesday. It's expected to last several weeks, with testimony starting in July.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the attack that killed 13.

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