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After years of delays jury selection begins today in the Fort Hood massacre trial army psychiatrist.
Major Nadal Hasan has now decided to represented himself.
Against the charges that he shot and killed thirteen people and wounded nearly three dozen others in November of 2009 Casey Stegall is live in Fort Hood Texas.
But the latest -- Casey how is this trial expected to unfold.
Well Greg as you know -- being a lawyer things are gonna work a bit differently here than let's say what's going on with the Zimmerman trial down in Florida because remember.
All of this is being conducted by the US military and it's been a long time since one of these have played out on the national spotlight it's called a general.
Court martial for people that are familiar it's the highest trial level in military law because major Nadal -- -- Faces the death penalty here.
The jury is called up handle and they will be selected from a pool of commissions of military officers from army posts all around the country.
Panel selection we are told expected to last about one month opening arguments are scheduled to begin here at Fort Hood on August the sixth great.
Well there's a legal maxim that a justice delayed is justice denied it it's the principle for a speedy trial.
What's taken so long for years for this trauma began.
Yeah this hasn't been so speedy has it certainly setback after setback since the November 2009 shooting like -- son.
Refusing to shave his beard he said he was going it out for religious reasons but hit violates military -- Then the 39 year old army psychiatrist recently said that he wanted to represent himself and he needed more time -- prepare.
He wanted to plead guilty but military law prohibits that because this is a capital case.
Thirteen people died here and more than thirty were hurt so you can imagine it has been a long and frustrating several years for every one.
One sergeant who was shot five times that -- describes the wait to our own Megyn Kelly.
-- only the victims into survivors but also our families.
Because we were in Amman we stink and have now we're probably give it serious closest chapter justice will be served and once again.
It was a -- it was thrown our way.
Sort of one -- there along with the other people who survived in the other family members who will be called.
To take the witness stand will ironically be cross examines.
Greg by the very man who is accused of shooting them since -- -- is now representing himself it's going to be interest.
If -- Stegall Casey thanks very much.
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