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-- selection started today in the case of the US army psychiatrist who says he guns down American soldiers to defend the Taliban.
Major Nadal Hasan is charged with killing thirteen people wounding dozens more at Fort Hood in Texas back in November of 09.
It was the worst mass shooting at the US military facility ever.
He's acting as his own lawyer which means he can question survivors of the massacre.
They've waited almost four years to testify and they say they are fed up with the delays.
One setback when Husain grew a beard.
Which is -- -- military rules and refused to shave it.
Now he's asking the judge to let him tell potential jurors the army is forcing him to Wear his uniform -- court.
He claims the uniform represents.
An enemy of Islam.
Casey Stegall is live for us at Fort Hood tonight Casey.
Shepherd -- -- sat in the courtroom today looking haggard remember he's in a wheelchair paralyzed.
From the waist down due to injuries he sustained on that day from those who.
Took him out he's now 32 years old or 42 I should say the potential -- jury members or.
Panel members as they're called in a military court martial were peppered with dozens of questions this afternoon by the judge.
And the prosecution but when the -- himself.
Had his turn to ask the questions.
He had none.
There's a pool about a 150 commissioned -- military officers to choose from before this panel from all over the United States six of the twenty were already dismissed after today.
This whole process we are told should last about a month because everyone has stick to agree on at least thirteen panel members.
The trial itself is -- -- -- on the calendar.
For August 6 jeopardy -- some.
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