HOUSTON -- On Tuesday, a Texas military judge barred former Ft. Hood Army psychiatrist -- and alleged shooter -- Maj. Nidal Hasan from court because he appeared with a beard.
Hasan is preparing to stand trial in connection with the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, about 70 miles northwest of Austin.
Judge Gregory Gross told Hasan on Tuesday that he will have to attend hearings via closed-circuit video until he shaves. Earlier this month, Gross had warned Hasan that his beard violated Army policy.
Hasan was removed from court Tuesday and had to watch the proceedings on closed-circuit television from a nearby room.
Hasan’s lead defense attorney, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, told the Associated Press that Hasan grew his beard as a "deeply sincere" expression of his Islamic faith and because he had a premonition that he would soon die.