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Jan 27, 2010 4:16 PM by Associated Press

Mental exam delayed in Fort Hood case

The attorney for the man suspected of going on a shooting spree at Fort Hood says Army officials have agreed to delay a mental evaluation of his client.

Attorney John Galligan told The Associated Press that he received a letter Wednesday from Col. Morgan Lamb, a Fort Hood commander appointed to oversee judicial matters in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Galligan says Lamb delayed Hasan's mental exam until an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding. Galligan also says Lamb denied his request for civilian mental health professionals to be on the panel. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of murder in the Nov. 5 shooting on the Texas Army post.

Fort Hood officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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