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Accused Fort Hood Gunman Plans to Represent Himself in Military Trial

By Joseph Low on June 10, 2013

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The military trial of a former Army psychiatrist accused of opening fire on a group of soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas is currently delayed until the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, decides on whether or not to allow the accused to fire his own lawyers and represent himself in court. According to NBC News, the suspect could face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing 13 soldiers and injuring 32 in the 2009 shooting rampage.

Under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the judge will have little choice but to allow the suspect’s request, unless he is found incompetent following a court-ordered physical examination.

If the suspect is allowed to represent himself in court, the trial could be delayed even further and become more complicated, according to military law experts. The victims or the family members of those who were murdered would have “to come into a courtroom and sit across the room from a man who they are convinced did this,” said retired lieutenant colonel and veteran Army prosecutor, Geoffrey Corn.

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