FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Article 32 for the Army psychiatrist accused of murdering 13 people and wounding 32 others here last year has been postponed twice. Today, the investigating officer will decide whether that should happen one more time.
Lawyers had until midnight yesterday to file briefs outlining why they needed more prep time to defend Maj. Nidal Hasan. The hearing, which is held to decide whether there is enough evidence to go forward with a court martial, was supposed to start March 1. It was delayed until June 1, then again, until Oct. 12. Hasan's lawyers have now asked the judge to move it back to Nov. 8.
The investigating officer, Col. James Pohl, said he would consider the request: “We're not operating on a time limit or a clock."
The start of the Article 32 hearing, which is expected to have graphic, detailed testimony from all the wounded, has drawn quite the media crowd, and there was a lot of grousing yesterday when the hearing started 2 ½ hours late and then was delayed a day.
Only a few reporters each day are allowed into the courtroom because of space. The rest watch on a closed circuit monitor at Club Hood.
Today I'm on the scene. Hearing starts at 9 a.m. CST. Check back here for updates, and on Twitter at @MegMcCloskey.
UPDATE: No more delays -- the trial did start today. Here's what happened this morning.