Friday, July 15, 2011

UPDATE: Ft. Hood Shooting Arraignment Next Week

The Washington Post is reporting that Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused in the Ft. Hood mass murder, will be arraigned next week, officially kicking off his capital court-martial.  Because the death penalty is a sentencing option if the members find Hasan guilty, he is prohibited from pleading guilty to the murder charges pending against him.

All the articles I can find about the case are the identical Associated Press version, which doesn't list a date or judge for the case.  I don't see the case set on the Army's docket either.  Anyone have additional info on this one?  Is it a safe bet to assume the Army's incoming chief trial judge would preside over this one?

UPDATE:  The Article 39(a) session is set for July 20, with COL Gregory Gross as the military judge.