Fort Hood Shooter May Recount Massacre

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army psychiatrist may soon admit to and describe the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys say he wants to accept responsibility in the attack that killed 13 on the Texas Army post.

Hasan has indicated he may plead guilty to lesser charges of unpremeditated murder.

If the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, allows Hasan to plead guilty to those charges, she'll hold an inquiry in which he must admit guilt and describe the events of Nov. 5, 2009.

Hasan's trial will still start in May and he'll face the death penalty if convicted of premeditated murder.

Some military law experts say it's a legal strategy designed to gain sympathy from jurors in an attempt to avoid a death sentence.

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