Hasan transported to Bell county
Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with the Fort Hood shooting, was transported to the Bell County Jail early this morning via airlift from the Brooke Army Medical Center to be held until trial.
According to KCEN-TV, the army is paying the jail $207,000 to house him until what could be as soon as June 1.
Hasan is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of being shot by security personnel after he killed 13 and injured 32 on his Nov. 5 killing spree at Fort Hood.
Hasan’s room will accommodate his physical handicap, which includes amenities like an air mattress, a handicap-accessible shower and his own personal bathroom.
A guard will be posted outside his room at all times.
A press conference held at the Bell County Jail held answers for some of the questions that have been floating among the public.
Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith clarified information about the treatment and care of Hasan.
He said that Hasan would be receiving the same care that any other military inmate would receive, with a few arrangements to care for his health.
He will be staying in a larger than normal cell, which is designed to provide more room for medical equipment if there was a need to provide services to Hasan.
Smith added, “The majority of costs associated with this is because of the need to assign a jailer to him 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If it is in everyone’s best interests to cut back on that, then we will do that.”
Hasan will be allowed a copy of the Quran and meals provided by his family to accommodate a special diet.