Fort Hood shooting suspect seeks jury consultant

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A U.S. military judge is considering requests to provide a pretrial publicity expert and jury consultant for the team defending a man accused of deadly shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings. He is a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent.

His trial is set for March. His lawyers 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 sentence in prison.

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

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