Jury Member Speaks Out

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 8:09 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 8:09 AM EDT


It was a jury of 8 men and 4 women who sat through the trial of Muzzimill Hassan. A case that had many twists and turns. Channel 7 spoke to Kelly Maccangnano a juror who sat in the front row of the jury box. She said it was a surreal experience.

Maccangnano said she entered the courtroom with an open mind but as the case progressed she quickly saw what she believed was the truth.

Hassan admitted to stabbing and beheading his wife Aasiya in February of 2009 but then he wanted to justify the killing by proving he was the abused spouse. He said he suffered from what is called "Battered Spouse Syndrome". Hassan took over as his own attorney just a few days into the trial. He then began to testify, attempting to support these claims of abuse.

Maccagnano said his testimony was full of self-pity and didn't fool the jury. She said she listen closely to his every word but said the guilty conviction was an easy decision for her.

"It was one of the most interesting and trying things that I think any of us have ever done. It was surreal and I think that the prosecution did an amazing job at proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt," Maccagnano said.

Maccagnano said she doesn't believe that Hassan taking over his own defense had any barring on the jury's decision. She said he simply did not prove that he was the battered spouse and that he did this in self-defense.

Hassan was convicted of second-degree murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars. The District Attorney said he believes the judge sees the brutality of the crime and will sentence Hassan to the maximum term of life in prison.

Hassan will be back in court for his sentencing in March.