Judge: Testimony about dying pregnant soldier OK

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 6:32 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge says witness testimony about a dying pregnant soldier's cries of "My baby! My baby!" will be allowed during the murder trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Col. Tara Osborn ruled on motions Thursday in Maj. Nidal Hasan's case. He faces execution or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Hasan is to enter a plea Tuesday, a week before jury selection begins on the Texas Army post. Under military law, a death penalty case requires a not guilty plea.

At a 2010 hearing, a soldier testified that Pvt. Francheska Velez told him she was pregnant just as the first volley of gunfire rang out. Velez was among those killed.

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