Fort Hood suspect to be isolated in Texas jail

Associated Press / April 10, 2010

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BELTON, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood will be kept isolated from all other inmates at the jail where he was transferred early yesterday, the local sheriff said.

Major Nidal Hasan was airlifted from a San Antonio military hospital to the Bell County Jail in Belton about 4 a.m. yesterday. He had been at the military hospital since shortly after the Nov. 5 shooting spree that left him paralyzed.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith said Hasan will be kept in a 12-by-15-foot cell in the jail infirmary and be under 24-hour watch. Smith did not say whether Hasan was under guard because of fears for his safety or others.

Hasan will not have contact with other inmates, even when a jailer accompanies him to the outdoor recreation area, Smith said.

Hasan’s doctor visited the jail and said that it was well equipped to handle his medical needs, Smith said.

Hasan will not have Internet access, but he can read the and speak to visitors in Arabic, two things forbidden at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, the sheriff said.

Fort Hood authorities will take Hasan to the nearby Army post for hearings and other matters, he said.