Fort Hood under tight security ahead of trial

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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 8:57 am | Updated: 7:06 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — After years of delays, the trial of the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, is preparing to get underway under heavy security.

Hours before the trial was set to start on Tuesday, guards with long assault rifles stood watch outside the courthouse.

A long row of shipping freight containers, stacked three high, created a fence around the building, and nearby military vehicles had to navigate a road of zigzagged barricades.

The courthouse is almost entirely hidden by 15-foot-tall stacks of heavy, shock-absorbing barriers that extend to the roofline.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will represent himself at the court-martial charging him with murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead.

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