BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Franczyk postponed the murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan until January, allowing prosecutors to prepare for witnesses and evidence to the defense's claims that Hassan suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome.
Hassan was in court Friday with his attorney's who plan to argue that he was suffering from Battered Spouse Syndrome when he killed his wife in February of last year. Hassan is accused of beheading his wife in their Bridges T.V. studios, a week after she launched divorce proceedings.
Lawyers for Hassan say he was actually the victim in the relationship who was subjected to years of abuse from his wife.
"We anticipate the evidence will demonstrate a consistent pattern of frequent abuse that included physical, psychological, emotional and verbal abuse; and his wife was in fact manipulative, domineering and that Mr. Hassan suffered from low self esteem and depression," argued Julie Atti Rogers, defense attorney for Hassan in court Friday.
Jury selection for the case was scheduled to begin next week. Both sides now have until January, 2011 to prepare for the case.