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Fort Hood shooting suspect undergoing mental exam


FORT WORTH, Texas (WKOW) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in last year's deadly Fort Hood shootings has been undergoing a mental evaluation.

A three-member military panel has until mid-January to submit its report on Maj. Nidal Hasan's evaluation, according to Hasan's lead attorney, John Galligan. The panel will determine Hasan's mental condition during the shootings on Nov. 5, 2009.

The panel will also determine if Hasan is competent to stand trial. If a brigade commander decides he is competent, he'll recommend Hasan go to trial and possibly face the death penalty for 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

The final decision rests with a commanding general. Last month an Army colonel initially recommended Hasan be court-martialed and face the death penalty.

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