Jury Selected; Hassan Murder Trial to Start Tuesday

January 14, 2011 Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 7:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 14, 2011 Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 7:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- 12 jurors and four alternate jurors have been chosen to decide the murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan. Hassan is accused of beheading his wife in their Orchard Park Television station nearly two years ago. The jury consists of 4 women and 8 men. Two alternate jurors are women. The other two alternate jurors are men.
It took 5 days and 284 people to complete jury selection. Defense Attorney Jeremy Schwartz says that at least one third of the jury pool was eliminated for claiming they could not be unbiased in this high-profile case.
Opening statements are planned for Tuesday. Eyewitness news will have the very latest on this case throughout the trial. It is expected to last three to four weeks.