NY Man Accused Of Beheading Claims He Was Battered

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man accused of beheading his wife at the Muslim-oriented television station they founded will claim he was a victim of years of abuse at home.

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM’-mel HAH’-sahn) was in a Buffalo courtroom Friday, where he fired the lawyer who has been representing him for nearly a year and hired a new one with a different strategy.

New lawyer Frank Bogulski says he’ll pursue a battered-person defense.

Hassan’s previous lawyer had planned to argue emotional distress prompted the February killing of 37-year-old Aasiya (AH’-see-ya) Hassan in offices of the suburban Buffalo television station.

Prosecutors say the case has dragged on too long and they want the judge to bar any psychiatric defense.

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