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Buffalo jury convicts NY television executive for wife's 2009 beheading

February 8, 2011 - Buffalo

After deliberating over a 2009 case involving the beheading of woman in a television studio, a jury here has found the latter's husband guilty and ordered his immediate conviction.

Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan never denied that he killed Aasiya Hassan inside the suburban Buffalo station the couple established to promote cultural understanding.

According to Fox News, the jury deliberated for one hour before rejecting 46-year-old Hassan's claim that the killing was justified because he was long abused by and afraid of his 37-year-old wife.

Hassan acted as his own lawyer during the trial. He said nothing when the verdict was read.

Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Hassan bought two hunting knives less than an hour before the attack, parked his luxury vehicle out of view at the station and then hid in wait inside.

During a 37-second frenzy that began when Hassan's wife walked through the door, he stabbed her more than 40 times in the face, back and chest and decapitated her.

Surveillance video captured some of the attack inside a darkened hallway.

Curtin Gable said Pakistan-born Hassan went on and on about his hurt and pain" after being served with divorce papers.

Hassan was arrested after walking into the Orchard Park police station Feb. 12, 2009, and calmly telling officers his wife, who was slender and several inches shorter than him, was dead and that her body could be found in their Bridge TV headquarters.

Hassan faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced March 9.


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