Lawyers for the accused Fort Hood shooter will ask for another delay Thursday when Maj. Nidal Hasan is back in court for a pretrial hearing.

Hasan’s court-appointed defense team is asking for the start date of the trial to be pushed back three months to Sept. 1.

Hasan’s death penalty court-martial for charges stemming from the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting on post that left 13 dead is slated to begin May 29.

If granted, the delays would all but guarantee the trial’s conclusion would not happen until after the fourth anniversary of the shooting, the worst ever to occur on a military base.

Hasan’s lawyers will be asking for more time to litigate motions to set aside the capital charges, a request for a media analysis expert and the production of witnesses, according to a news release from Fort Hood.

In previous hearings, a judge denied requests for the media expert and to take the death penalty off the table.

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