Fort Hood, Texas (KWKT) — A judge defines a major's request for a continuance.
In a pretrial hearing in the case of U.S.. Major Nidal M. Hasan, Hasan asked Judge Osborn for a three day continuance based on a request for a new counsel.
Osborn cited the multiple changes Hasan has made in his defense counsel, having already been represented by John Galligan, in addition to his currently stand-by defense counsel, and having fired them all.
Hasan refused to enter a plea, so the court entered a plea on his behalf of "not guilty."
Multiple motions were also addressed to include motions previously considered by Judge Gross related to the prosecutorial misconduct, disqualification of the Staff Judge Advocate, a set aside of Congressional legislation, and an objection that this trial is being tried as a capital case without having first been taken before a grand jury. All motions were reconsidered by Osborn and were denied.
The jury panel selection will begin at 2:30 p.m. on July 9, 2013.
The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.