UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
The hearing for army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan, is delayed again. The defense asked for a delay until Nov. 15.
The delay came after the prosecution wrapped up their portion of the hearing. It was granted to the defense so they can get a psychological evaluation done for Hasan.
The outcome of the analysis will determine how the defense will proceed in the hearing and whether or not they will call witnesses. Fort Hood Public Affairs Director, Tom Rheinlander, says defense lawyers will have the opportunity to present evidence and witness testimony on Nov. 15.
Testimony was heard today from people who interacted with Hasan before the shooting at Fort Hood. Fredrick Brannon worked a gun store where Hasan bought his weapon and ammunition. Brannon identified Hasan as the man who visited the store almost every week. Brannon says Hasan asked for the most technologically advanced weapon on the market.
A recording taken on Hasan's cell phone of how to load the FN Five Seven pistol was shown.
Testimony from a shooting range owner where Hasan practiced was given. As well as one man, John Choats, who met Hasan at the gun store. He recalls asking Hasan why he needed that kind of gun. He says Hasan never answered, only giving two specifications for the weapon he wanted: high-tech and high capacity for bullets.
The bullets used by Hasan, SS 192s, were being taken off civilian purchase because of excessive penetration.
A psychological evaluation will be presented when the hearing resumes in Nov. Whether or not we will hear from witnesses for the defense is not certain.