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Fort Hood suspect's paralysis could slow trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - When an Army psychiatrist goes on trial for the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, the pace could be slower than usual.

That's because Maj. Nidal Hasan's paralysis-related health issues require him to have more breaks since he'll be serving as his own attorney.

Hasan is paralyzed from the abdomen down since being shot by police the day of the attack on the Texas Army post that left 13 dead. He faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted.

Hasan's doctor says he cannot sit upright more than 12 hours a day. That means court testimony must end by at least 5 p.m.

Hasan also needs breaks for stretching every four hours. He may need more time to file legal motions because he has difficulty writing.

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