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Defense lawyers ask judge in Fort Hood shooting case to recuse himself due to possible bias
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ' Defense attorneys for an Army psychiatrist charged in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood are asking the military judge to recuse himself from the case.
Lawyers for Maj. Nidal Hasan argued Wednesday there could be an appearance of bias from the military judge, Col. Gregory Gross, because he was on the Central Texas post the day of the 2009 shootings.
Gross countered that he was overseeing a trial that day and hearing news of the shooting had minimal effect on him. The judge didn't immediately rule on the motion.
The 41-year-old Hasan faces a death sentence or life in prison without parole if convicted in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.