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Ft. Hood Shooter’s Lawyer to Meet With New Commander

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The attorney for the Fort Hood shooting suspect says he plans to urge the new commanding general of the Texas Army post not to seek the death penalty in the case.

Attorney John Galligan is to meet May 6 with Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell. Campbell said Tuesday that he will consider anything the defense team presents before he makes any decisions in the case.

Galligan represents Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings.

Two Army colonels have recommended that Hasan be court-martialed and face the death penalty. Campbell is likely to make the decision, though he could send the case to another general.

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