Nidal Hasan. Credit: AP/file.
By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press
FORT HOOD, TX (AP) - A military judge has ruled against delaying the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.
Maj. Nidal Hasan's trial will proceed as scheduled, beginning Aug. 20.
Defense attorneys wanted the trial moved to December, but the judge said they already had plenty of time to prepare.
Prosecutors had indicated they were ready for trial last fall. The court-martial was set for March, but postponed to June and then August.
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 attack on the Texas Army post that left 13 dead.
As he did during last week's hearing, Hasan watched Friday's hearing from a closed-circuit television in a nearby room. The judge has barred him from court until he shaves his beard, an Army violation.
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