Judge Orders Ft. Hood Suspect to be Clean Shaven

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Military judge says

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan. The trial for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting was put on hold Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, while an appeals court considers his objections to being forcibly shaved. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram, File)

A military judge says the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage must be clean-shaven or will be forcibly shaved before his murder trial.

Col. Gregory Gross issued the official order Thursday after a hearing to determine whether a federal religious freedom law applied to Maj. Nidal Hasan's case.

Hasan says he grew his beard because his Muslim faith requires it. Army regulations ban beards.

Gross ruled the defense didn't prove that Hasan is growing a beard for sincere religious reasons.

Gross also says his order triggers another delay in all proceedings related to Hasan's trial because his attorneys plan to appeal.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack on the Texas Army post.

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