Family of alleged Fort Hood shooter seeks to hire attorney - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/9/09

Family of alleged Fort Hood shooter seeks to hire attorney

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FORT HOOD, TX (AP) - A retired military attorney who now practices criminal defense law says he's been contacted by the family of the man accused in the Fort Hood massacre.

Retired Army Colonel. John P. Galligan now practices in Belton, specializing in courts-martial. He says he was contacted today by the family of Army Nidal Malik Hasan and asked to represent Hasan.

Galligan said he was hoping to meet with Hasan later today at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Galligan said he did not know Hasan's condition, but hospital officials say Hasan is now able to talk.

Thirteen people were killed and 29 others were wounded in last week's shooting rampage at the central Texas Army post. Fifteen of the shooting victims remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and eight were in intensive care.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow at Fort Hood. President Barack Obama is expected to attend the service. 

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