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Accused Fort Hood Shooter Will Represent Himself

courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 will be allowed to represent himself at his trial.

The judge in the case, Col. Tara Osborn, ruled today that Major Nidal Hasan is both mentally and physically capable of acting in his own defense. His military lawyers will stay on the case, but will only act if Hasan asks for their help.

Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot by a police officer, ending the shooting rampage. A doctor today told the judge that Hasan's condition should not have a significant impact on his ability to represent himself.

He faces the death penalty or life in prison if he's convicted in the November 2009 shootings that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded at a processing center at the base.

Right now, jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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