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Fort Hood suspect seeks to represent self at trial

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

Maj. Nidal Hasan's request is among many issues to be addressed at a pretrial hearing Wednesday.

Military law allows defendants to represent themselves. But the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, is expected to ask Hasan's attorneys to stay throughout the trial in case he asks for their help.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack on the Texas Army post.

Jury selection is to begin next week. It's expected to last about four weeks, with testimony starting in early July.*

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