By Larry Shaughnessy
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) Monday issued another stay in the court martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of murder and other counts in connection with the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post in central Texas.
The move comes after defense attorneys lost an appeal last week that upheld the trial judge's order that Hasan appear in court clean shaven.
Hasan's attorneys have told the CAAF that they intend to appeal last week's ruling.
Until that appeal is resolved the court martial trial remains on hold.
Hasan is accused of opening fire at Fort Hood's processing center, where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq, in November 2009. The solo attack left 32 people wounded, in addition to the 13 killed, while Hasan himself was paralyzed from the waist down after police officers exchanged fire with him.