Friday Hassan Trial Update

February 4, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM EDT

By John Borsa

February 4, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) The murder trial for Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan is beginning to wind down, with proceedings starting this afternoon.

A doctor who treated Muzzammil and his late wife Aasiya will take the stand Friday, in what is believed to be the last day of testimony before closing summations begin Monday.

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3:42 p.m. - Now prosecutor Colleen Curtain Gable is reading transcripts to the jury, where Aasiya testified that Hassan hacked into her e-mail account and prepared answers to questions for the Family Court hearing.

Judge Thomas Franczyk told the jury to be here by 9:30 a.m. on Monday for closing arguments.

"It's my hope that you'll be able to start your deliberations on the lunch hour as we know it, or the late lunch hour," Franczyk told the jury.

The jury has been dismissed for the day.

3:20 p.m. - The jury has returned to hear Hassan's courtroom legal advisor Jeremy Schwartz read a Family Court transcript of Aasiya Hassan's testimony. The judge has allowed portions of the transcript into evidence.

2:56 p.m. - The jury has been excused from the room while the judge hears from prosecutors and Hassan regarding transcripts from a Family Court hearing. Hassan wants to submit the transcripts as evidence, but the prosecution wants to go page-by-page through the transcripts before they are submitted.

The jury is out of the room.

It looks like the trial is on track for closing arguments on Monday morning. The judge has stated he wants the jury to get the case by Monday afternoon.

2:50 p.m. - Dr. Myrow is excused from the witness stand. Hassan said the presentation of his case has concluded.

2:40 p.m. - Prosecutor has asked Dr. Myrow to read his notes from three separate counseling sessions when he met with Aasiya alone.

"[Hassan] has hit [Aasiya] on several occasions," Myrow said, reading from his notes. He also detailed an altercation Aasiya told him about when Hassan argued with his oldest daughter, striking her.

Myrow is reading from notes taken on February 3, 2009, just days before Aasiya was killed. In the notes, Myrow testified that Aasiya feared her husband, but felt that she was prepared to finally leave him. Days later, Aasiya Hassan filed for divorce.

2:29 p.m. - The prosecution is going through the doctor's notes, which have been submitted into evidence, asking Dr. Myrow questions about what Aasiya said during counseling sessions about being abused, physically and mentally, by the defendant.

"[Aasiya] also wants to leave, especially during the times when
[Hassan] is being physically abusive," Myrow testified, reading from counseling session notes.

Myrow also recalled that Aasiya told him that Hassan threatened to hold back her paycheck from Bridges TV.

Myrow is also reading notes from a session when Aasiya told him about nearly being run off the road by Hassan, while the family babysitter was driver her and the children to the airport.

"Aasiya said she is afraid to leave out of fear that [Hassan] will kill her and the children," Myrow testified.

2:26 p.m. - Prosecution's cross examination of Dr. Myrow is now underway.

2:25 p.m. - Hassan asked Dr. Myrow, "Did I ever tell you that I felt like I lived with a bully or a terrorist?"

The judge has sustained a prosecution objection to the question.

2:15 p.m. - Hassan is now asking Dr. Myrow to read his notes from a session in which Aasiya attended by herself. Hassan has asked Myrow if he recalls an incident when Aasiya broke Hassan's laptop computer.

"During our sessions with us did you ever confront Aasiya about being abusive?" Hassan asked.

"No," Myrow responded.

"She complained to you that I was physically abusive." said Hassan.

"Yes," said Myrow.

"So from July, 2007 to 2009 you never saw bruises or marks [on Aasiya]? Hassan asked.

"It's not in my notes," Myrow responded.

"Did you ever see me hit Aasiya," Hassan asked.

"No," Myrow said.

Hassan has asked Dr. Myrow to read a narrative from his notes dated February, 2009.

"I feel that both of them are afraid of the other and neither feels respected or understood," Dr Myrow testified, reading from his notes from the counseling session. "Mr. H. also noted his wife turned his children against him."

2:07 p.m. - Hassan asked Dr. Myrow if he recalls Hassan ever saying he felt as if he lived under "a total dictatorship" being with Aasiya. Dr. Myrow is having trouble recalling certain events from his counseling sessions or communications with Hassan.

The prosecution objected to the line of questioning, asking the judge to limit questions to items contained in the notes of the doctor's counseling sessions with the Hassans.

The judge agreed, asking Hassan to discuss what is in the doctor's notes only. The notes have been admitted as evidence.

2:00 p.m. - Judge Franczyk has stopped Hassan's line of questioning regarding Pakistan. Dr. Myrow said he does not recall conversations about Pakistan within a certain time frame. Hassan continues to press the witness, but the judge has ordered Hassan to "move on."

Now Hassan is asking about a conversation in December, 2007 regarding "my inability to express my opinions under control?"

Myrow asks, "Are you referring to a certain note?"

Hassan's courtroom legal adviser Jeremy Schwartz has approached the witness with a document, an e-mail between Myrow and Hassan dated Dec. 4, 2007, to refresh the witnesses memory.

"I know I've seen this but I'm not sure what the question is," Myrow responds.

"Do you recall us having a conversation about me expressing my opinions while under control?" Hassan asked.

Judge Franczyk is interrupting again, asking the witness the question and instructing Dr. Myrow to keep his answers within the documents that have been submitted as evidence.

1:52 p.m. - Hassan is attempted to question Myrow about a personality test the Hassans participated in, but Myrow did not administer. Judge has sustained prosecution objections to the line of questioning because Myrow did not give the test to the Hassans.

Myrow said, "I don't know much about that test."

1:47 p.m. - Hassan has asked Myrow to read his notes from a January 7, 2008 session.

"She's [Aasiya] home for the kids after 5:00. Feels things are much better. He [Hassan] also feels things are much better. He feels Aasiya is less reactive," Myrow said, reading from his notes.

"You gave me a plan with respect to the communication issues," Myrow told Hassan.

"Dr. Myrow, do you recall sharing your feedback on this road map?" Hassan asked.

"I was surprised," responded Myrow. "I thought it might help."

Hassan asked Myrow to read the purpose of the road map. "Convert ten controlling ways into ten trusting ways," Myrow said. "Mo's work, the destination is to make the relationship friendly."

1:46 p.m. - The jury is back.

1:36 p.m. - The judge has given the jury a five minute break.

1:25 p.m. - Hassan continues to question Myrow about counseling sessions that both Hassan and Aasiya attended. Myrow is going through his notes, reading them to the jury.

12:50 p.m. - David Myrow, a family therapist, is on the stand as a defense witness. Myrow treated the Hassans several years ago. He is expected to be the final defense witness in the trial.