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Defense Ask For Expert Help In Fort Hood Shooting Case

Last updated on Friday, October 28, 2011

(FORT HOOD, TX)(AP) - A military judge is considering requests to provide a jury consultant and pre-trial publicity expert to the Fort Hood shooting suspect’s defense team.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys told the judge Thursday that they need the experts' help because their client faces a possible death sentence if convicted. They say a jury consultant will help ensure that the military jury also will consider a life prison sentence.

Military prosecutors have asked the judge to deny both requests, saying they're unnecessary expenses.

The judge didn't say when he'll decide on the defense motions.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings at the Texas Army post. His trial is set for March.

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