The Army is a big step closer to moving Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan to a jail just 19 miles from the scene of the November massacre that left 13 people dead.
Bell County, Texas, announced Monday it has finalized a deal under which the Army will pay the cost of extra security and medical care inside the county jail for Hasan.
Hasan's civilian attorney, John Galligan, told CNN Monday he expects "the move will happen shortly."
Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith released a statement confirming the agreement to house Hasan if he is moved from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Bell County Jail has for years contracted to detain Fort Hood soldiers who are in trouble with the law. But this case required a special amendment to the Army's contract with the county.