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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:12 am | Updated: 5:03 pm, Wed Nov 20, 2013.

FORT HOOD — A hearing to determine if a Fort Hood soldier will stand trial on a charge of premeditated murder took place in a military court room this morning.

Sgt. Brett Marvin Wessel, 26, was charged in connection with the Sept. 1 shooting death of former Sgt. Ryan F. Dickinson, on West Fort Hood.

The shooting took place at an on-post home where residents were throwing a party.

Attorney's for the government called several witnesses who were present at the party that night, including Dickinson's wife, and a digital forensic investigator, who said Wessel sent a text message to his wife about an hour before the shooting which stated "I'll kill him."

Wessel's government appointed defense attorneys argued that Wessel was too intoxicated to premeditate the shooting. They presented a blood alcohol analysis which showed that Wessel had a blood alcohol level of .16 about three hours after the shooting. The legal limit it Texas is .08.

They also presented a 911 call and military police video of Wessel the night of the shooting, in which he says that a man with several guns was trying to kill him and his family.

Maj. Greg McLean, who presided over the hearing as the investigating officer, did not make any decision about the charges against Wessel, or whether he will face trial, at Wednesday's hearing.

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