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The Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base will soon be moved to a county jail near Fort Hood after four months in a military hospital, his attorney and jail officials said Monday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is paralyzed, is to be transferred to the Bell County Jail and will be housed in a cell in the medical unit, said jail administrator Bob Patterson.

“We’re prepared to handle inmates with medical needs,” Patterson said, declining to elaborate or comment on whether special security measures would be taken.

Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said he would be transferred as soon as this week.

Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith declined to discuss details about housing Hasan until he has been moved.

Hasan has been at a San Antonio military hospital since shortly after the Nov. 5 shootings. He remains paralyzed from the chest down after being shot that day by two civilian members of Fort Hood’s police force.

Doctors told him late last week that his physical therapy was finished and that he would be moved out of the hospital by helicopter, Galligan said.

He said he did not want Hasan in the Bell County Jail because it was not properly equipped to provide medical care for some of his previous clients, including a paralyzed woman.

Source: Angela K. Brown for Chron.

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