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Fort Hood Suspect Must Enter Pleas Before Trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage will enter pleas in the case after the judge refused to delay his trial.

Maj. Nidal Hasan must plead not guilty Wednesday to the 13 counts of premeditated murder he currently faces in the 2009 attack. Military law doesn’t allow guilty pleas to charges that carry the death penalty as the maximum sentence.

Hasan also is charged with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack at the Texas Army post. Military prosecutors and defense attorneys are barred from discussing the case outside court, so it’s unclear how Hasan will plead to those charges.

The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, refused Tuesday to delay the long-awaited trial again and said it would begin with jury selection as scheduled Monday.

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