By Larry Shaughnessy
The judge hearing the court-martial of Ft. Hood massacre suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan has ordered a medical evaluation to determine if the Army psychiatrist is physically fit to act as his own attorney.
Col. Tara Osborn noted at a hearing on Wednesday that a prior examination determined Hasan was mentally capable of conducting his own defense in his murder case stemming from the November 2009 shooting spree at the Texas military base.
But she ordered a doctor to administer an exam to see if he can hold up physically if he were to represent himself, according to a statement.
Hasan was shot and paralyzed from the chest down on the day of the massacre in which he is accused of killing 13 people.
He said last week that he no longer wanted to be represented by the military attorney assigned to his case. Hasan fired his civilian attorney in 2011.
There will be another hearing on Monday to review the medical results.
Jury selection is slated to begin next week.
Hasan, who is entitled to be represented by a military attorney at no cost, has retained his rank and pay while in custody.
It is standard procedure for a member of the military accused of a crime to receive pay while a case is being decided.
Pay records show Hasan has earned an estimated $280,000 during that time.