By Larry Shaughnessy
Lawyers for Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused in a 2009 mass shooting, will seek a delay of his court-martial, according to a Fort Hood spokesman.
Attorneys for Hasan, accused of killing 13 people at the military installation, will make the request next week, public affairs officer Chris Haug told CNN.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, Hasan's lead attorney, told CNN the reason he needs a delay in the start of the court-martial is "purely a matter of necessity of adequate time for pretrial preparation."
Hasan faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
In a press release issued Friday, Fort Hood said a hearing will be held next Thursday to litigate pending motions.
"The newest motions concern discovery and a continuance," the release said.
As of Friday, Hasan's court-martial is scheduled to begin March 5.