NY Beheading Suspect Seeks To Represent Himself

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York television executive accused of beheading his estranged wife left the courtroom Thursday after a judge refused to let him act as his own attorney for the rest of his murder trial.

A handcuffed Muzzammil Hassan was escorted from the Buffalo courtroom by a half dozen court officers after a strident appeal to Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk that failed to change the judge’s mind.

Hassan asked to go back to jail, rather than sit through the remainder of the day’s testimony. He said his lawyer is under-prepared.

Testimony in Hassan’s second-degree murder began Tuesday. He’s charged in the 2009 death of Aasiya Hassan inside the Muslim-oriented television station the couple started to promote cultural understanding.

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  • kden

    it has nothing to do with him being muslim, it has to do with him being a monster.

  • ben

    Cut his testicles off and let him bleed to death.

  • Ogie Ogilthorpe

    Where is CourtTV now that we need it??

  • nyc

    What a waste of tax payers money. Send him to Pakistan to be put to death ! No question about his guilt ! What a peacefull religion ! Question his Iman at his mosque –

  • Glenn

    Cultural understanding was definitely promoted by his actions..LMAO

  • DanTe

    Let the poor man be. The woman was a muslime. She knew what her place was. She knew a muslime divorce = a beheading. She asked for it. Stop imposing human standards on muslimes.

    • knowwhereyoulive

      What most people seem to forget is that in the United States there is a separation of church and States. He can follow his religious views but must abide by the laws of the country he lives in.


      DanTe, I completely understand that she was a Muslim but he’s not even using his religious beliefs as the reason for the murder. He’s claiming he was abused by his wife and that’s why he beheaded her.

      • buffalonian

        Honor killing was his first defense but it didn’t fly so he went with abused spouse. He’s on his third or fourth lawyer.

  • Lush Empire

    John, you talking about Dave Koresh or Charles Manson?

  • John Prewett

    You can take the boy out of the cult, but you can’t take the cult out of the boy. God can. But you can’t.

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