Muzzammil Hassan, 44, the founder of an Islamic television station in New York, has been charged with beheading of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, 37. Ironically, Hassan founded the Bridges TV station in Buffalo to dispel stereotypes of Muslims and has now contributed to such stereotypes in his alleged murder of his wife. She was murdered at the Bridges television offices.
Thus far, he is charged with second-degree murder. It is not clear why first-degree was not charged on these facts. [Update: reports indicate that the wife’s sister may have heard the attack.]
Reporters indicate that Hassan went to the police station at 6:20 p.m. and confessed to the murder, which could have resulted in a lower charge. However, usually cooperation in such murder cases results in the prosecutors dropping the death penalty or a demand for the maximum sentence.
She has called police repeatedly to the house on domestic violence allegations and had filed for divorce in January. Under a protection order, he was supposed to move out of the home in February.
The couple had two children, 4 and 6 and he had two other children, 17 and 18, from a previous marriage.