Muslim-American TV executive accused of beheading wife remains in jail

February 19th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Feb.19 (ANI): A Muslim-American television executive, who allegedly beheaded his wife days after she filed for divorce, continues to remain in jail without bail following a court appearance in western New York.
According to Fox Sports, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, did not speak during a brief appearance Wednesday before Judge Philip Marshall in Orchard Park Village Court, where an attorney waived Hassan’’s right to a felony hearing.
Officials at the Erie County District Attorney’’s Office told Fox News that Hassan will now be held for possible grand jury action within 45 days.
Hassan, who was shackled at his wrists and ankles during his first court appearance, wore a tan suit, white shirt and a tie.
He allegedly beheaded his wife Aasiya Hassan, 37, on Thursday and surrendered to police. He was later charged with the second-degree murder of his wife, whose body was found at the office of Bridges TV, their television station in Orchard Park, near Buffalo.
Reacting to speculation that the crime may have been an “honor killing,” defense attorney James Harrington said: “Culture, religion doesn”t play a role.”
Following multiple episodes of domestic violence, Aasiya Hassan filed for a divorce on February 6 and obtained an order of protection that barred her husband from their home, according to attorney Elizabeth DiPirro, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding.
Muzzammil and Aasiya Hassan founded Bridges TV in November 2004 to counter anti-Islam stereotypes, touting the network as the “first-ever full-time home for American Muslims,” according to a 2004 press release. (ANI)

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