By Larry Shaughnessy
Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, has told the judge in his case that he wants to represent himself at his upcoming trial, the Army base said in a media release Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe has been Hasan's attorney.
Because of the request, Col. Tara Osborn, the judge in the case, has postponed the start of the trial, which had been scheduled for May 30, to June 5.
Hasan's request will be among several motions to be considered at a hearing set for May 29.
John Galligan, who represented Hasan during the early stages of the case before Hasan had him removed, said he wasn't surprised by Hasan's move. "These things happen."
Galligan believes Osborn will instruct Koppe to stay in the courtroom for the duration of the trial as "standby counsel" in case Hasan changes his mind and decides he was an attorney after all.