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Lawyer says Hasan was alert during first meeting


FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's lawyer says the accused Fort Hood shooter was coherent during their first meeting in a hospital intensive care unit.

Attorney John Galligan told the CBS "Early Show" on Friday that Hasan was alert but began to fade toward the end of their hour-long meeting Thursday.

Hasan was charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the attack at the sprawling Texas post that also left 29 people injured. The Army psychiatrist was shot several times and remains hospitalized. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Galligan says Hasan's medical condition remains "extremely serious." But he says Hasan was alert enough to know he was speaking with his lawyer.

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