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Capital murder trials are rare in the military’s criminal justice system, but they are familiar territory for the judge who will handle the trial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the former Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting rampage at this base in central Texas.

The judge is Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, and she once served at Ft. Hood, the sprawling facility known as “the Great Place.” Osborn has presided over “numerous serious felony trials, one capital trial and other non-capital homicide trials,” a base spokesman said.

The capital trial involved Army Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, who was found guilty of two counts of premeditated murder in the 2008 slayings of his squad leader and another soldier in Iraq.

Read more at The L.A. Times

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