FT. HOOD, Texas -- A military appeals court on Wednesday stayed the trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan after his attorneys challenged a judge's order to forcibly shave the defendant before trial.
Hasan, who appeared in court at the Texas military base with a full beard, was found in contempt by the judge and fined $1,000 for violating Army grooming rules. He had already been fined $4,000 for refusing to shave. His attorneys have said that Hasan, who is Muslim, was exercising his religious freedom in wearing a beard.
The trial appeared to be stayed until the issue of his beard is resolved. It had been scheduled to start Monday.
Earlier Wednesday, the judge addressed a motion by Hasan's lawyers that indicated he wished to plead guilty for religious reasons "to take responsibility for his actions."