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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:27 am

Good morning. It is day seven of the capital murder court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Today's hearing will be quite clinical. The prosecution has slated six forensic pathologists to testify today. They performed autopsies of the deceased victims of the Fort Hood shooting at an armed forces facility in Dover, Del. The court has already heard the testimony of one of the medical examiners, who conducted the autopsy of Lt. Col. Juanita Warman.

The pace of the trial has slowed substantially since the testimony of eye witnesses and victims concluded on Monday. My coverage of yesterday's hearing can be found here.

The jury has heard the testimony of 67 witnesses. The prosecution is well over half way through presenting their case. Remaining witnesses should include former Fort Hood police officers Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd. The prosecution also may attempt to put on evidence of Hasan's emails with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslim cleric who was a key figure in Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula. The presiding judge has been reluctant to allow prosecutors to enter any evidence pointing toward Hasan being a Islamic extremist. So if they attempt to enter the evidence, there should be some interesting hearings coming up.

I'm watching today's hearing from the auxiliary court room. For updates, follow me @KDHcrime

Media round-up:

Stars and Stripes, Fox News, CNN, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Reuter's, regional and local television are here at the media operations center at Club Hood.

The Dallas Morning News has an editorial calling the shooting a combat-related incident.

The Associated Press via Washington Post has a brief teaser on what is expected today.

The Boston Globe also notes that the National Counterterrorism Center calls the Fort Hood shooting an act of terrorism. "He has done everything within his power to make it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that he opened fired on US soldiers with the explicit purpose of aiding America’s enemies," the writer states.

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