The former Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, refused to participate in a psychiatric evaluation of himself on Thursday, his lawyer told CNN.

Three military psychiatrists on Thursday showed up at the Texas jail where Maj. Nidal Hasan is incarcerated to conduct a sanity review, but his layer, John Galligan, told CNN that he filled out a form saying he and his client would not cooperate.

The psychiatrists left without conducting the review, said Galligan, who objects to the timing of the review and to the composition of the military’s “sanity board.”

A Fort Hood spokesman, Tyler Broadway, said that the psychiatric evaluation is ongoing, despite Thursday’s developments.

The officer overseeing the criminal case against Hasan is asking for a sanity review for the defendant “without further delay,” according to a memo
obtained by CNN on Tuesday.

The request came a week before Hasan’s Article 32 hearing next Tuesday, a key pre-trial procedure in which the first public testimony is given in the case. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of murder in connection with the November 5 shooting at the Army’s largest base, located in central Texas between Dallas and San Antonio.

Galligan, a civilian attorney, has told CNN that he has instructed his client not to talk to anyone connected with the sanity review, and called the sudden push for the examination part of an Army attempt to “distract” him as he prepares for the upcoming hearing.

Source: Larry Shaughnessy and Charley Keyes for CNN.

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