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Defense Trying to Stop 'Terrorism' Expert From Testifying at Ft. Hood Shooter Trial

This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan. Another pretrial hearing is set in the case of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. Maj. Nidal Hasan will be in the courtroom Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, only if he shaved his beard (Credit: AP)

FORT HOOD, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) -- A military judge is to decide if a terrorism expert will testify during the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's defense team is trying to stop Evan Kohlmann from testifying at the court-martial starting in less than two weeks. They are questioning the methods Kohlmann used in his study of the case in which he concluded that Hasan is a homegrown terrorist.

Kohlmann is expected to be questioned during a pretrial hearing Thursday. He has testified for the government in more than two dozen terrorism cases.

If he were to testify, it would be a detour from the government's official position in the past, which is that the shooting was an act of "workplace violence" not terrorism.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shootings at the Texas Army post.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted.

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