First Day Produces No Jurors For Wife Beheading Trial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A full day of jury selection has produced no jurors for the second-degree murder trial of a New York television executive charged with beheading his wife.

Lawyers predicted going in Monday that it’ll take longer than usual to seat a jury for Muzzammil Hassan’s trial. The 2009 killing of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan has received much media attention, in part because the couple ran a television station whose goal was to counter negative images of Muslims.

Potential jurors are being asked whether they have issues with the Pakistan-born Hassan’s ethnicity, or the fact that he’s Muslim and may claim self-defense.

Hassan wrote on a legal pad through much of the proceedings in Erie County Court in Buffalo.

Jury selection resumes Tuesday.

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  • G

    Let me understand this. They ran a television station whose goal it was to counter negative images of Muslims ? Are we in the US or Saudi Arabia ? I wonder if his Iman at his mosque had any opinion on this ?? Insane !!

  • DanTe

    The wife was a muslime. She understood the deal. This guy is totally innocent; as any muslime chattel knows that they should be beheaded at their husband’s displeasure.

    Stop imposing human values on muslimes and let him go already.

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