Judge deciding if Fort Hood suspect needs lawyer

Hasan accused of trying to guarantee himself a death sentence

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The case has been delayed several times, primarily due to a dispute over Hasan's beard. On June 8, 2012, military judge Col. Gregory Gross rescheduled the hearing after Hasan showed up in court with a beard, which is in violation of military…

FORT HOOD, Texas - A military judge in Maj. Nidal Hasan's case is trying to decide if he is trying to guarantee himself a death sentence, after his erratic opening statement to jurors.

Hasan is accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings that left 13 people dead.

Defense attorneys who are helping Hasan during his murder trial accused him Wednesday of trying to convince jurors to convict him.

Hasan said the attorneys are twisting the facts; but, he has done little to defend himself so far.

He told jurors evidence would show he was responsible for the attack that killed 13 people on the Texas military base. \

Hasan has only questioned two of the dozen witnesses so far.

The judge is now deciding whether to allow Hasan to proceed or to let his standby attorneys take over. However, either decision could likely be the basis of an appeal

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