- The Washington Times - Friday, April 9, 2010

BELTON, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting was transferred early Friday from a San Antonio military hospital to a jail near the Army post, his attorney said.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said a Fort Hood official confirmed that Maj. Hasan was airlifted to the jail at about 4 a.m.

Maj. Hasan was listed as a Bell County Jail inmate as of Friday morning, according to the jail’s online records.

Fort Hood officials said Maj. Hasan had been transferred overnight and referred questions to Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith.

Mr. Galligan said he was concerned that authorities did not notify him of the transfer in advance as promised. One of Maj. Hasan’s relatives visited him Thursday night at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center but was told Friday that maj. Hasan was not there, Mr. Galligan said.

Maj. Hasan had been at the military hospital since shortly after the Nov. 5 shooting spree, which left him paralyzed. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

He faces an Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding, as early as July 1. After that, a military judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to go to trial. Prosecutors have not said whether they would seek the death penalty.

Last month, Bell County commissioners finalized a contract with the military to house Maj. Hasan. Although the jail usually houses military defendants from nearby Fort Hood, which does not have holding facilities, a special agreement was required for Maj. Hasan because “unusual and extraordinary security measures” were necessary, the sheriff has said.

Mr. Galligan has said the 183-day jail contract to house Maj. Hasan began March 31, the day Maj. Hasan was given a medical discharge to leave the military hospital.

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