By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

A military judge made no ruling Thursday morning on motions for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.

After hearing arguments from the defense and prosecution, Judge Col. Gregory Gross did not indicate when he would rule on the defense's requests for the government to pay for two experts to assist during jury selection.

U.S. Army lawyers representing Hasan asked the court for money to fund the employment of a pre-trial publicity consultant and a jury selection consultant to assist the defense when Hasan's trial begins.

Lead attorney Lt. Col. Kris R. Poppe cited the large amount of media attention Hasan has attracted since the Nov. 5, 2009 shootings at Fort Hood. Poppe said the publicity created a need for expert analysis to determine how coverage of the shooting may create bias with potential jurors.

Hasan, 40, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Look for more coverage in Friday's edition of the Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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