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Army judge refuses 3-month trial delay request for Fort Hood suspect; sets July 9 trial date

Jury selection will start July 9 in the murder trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

The judge set the date after rejecting Maj. Nidal Hasan's request for a three-month trial delay.

Col. Tara Osborn, the judge, says testimony will start Aug. 6 at the earliest.

Jury selection might be put on hold briefly if a jury consultant hired for Hasan's defense has to work on another case for a week. Right now he's scheduled to be working on another trial in mid-July.

Hasan faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the attack that left 13 dead on the Texas Army post.

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