Ft. Hood suspect may seek insanity defense

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder

November 23, 2009 8:52:15 PM PST
An attorney for an Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during an attack at Fort Hood says his client will likely plead not guilty and may pursue an insanity defense at his military trial. John Galligan, the Fort Hood-area civilian attorney for Maj. Nidal Hasan, told The Associated Press by phone Monday that the court must consider his client's mental status because the allegations against Hasan contradict his lifestyle and military career.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting. Galligan says military law requires that his client plead not guilty if prosecutors seek the death penalty.

Hasan remains in intensive care at a San Antonio military hospital, where he was taken after being shot during the attack.


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