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Jul 10, 2013 5:11 PM by Angela K. Brown/AP

Fort Hood suspect says he supports Taliban

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage has been telling some potential jurors that he supports the Taliban and Shariah.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is serving as his own attorney in his court-martial. He's been asking questions of individual Army officers on the second day of jury selection.

Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted in the rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post.

Several potential jurors said they had negative views of Muslims, the Quran or the Islamic legal and religious code called Shariah. But they said they could put aside those views and only consider evidence in the case.

A 13- to 16-member jury will be chosen for Hasan's court-martial.


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