BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) The murder trial of Muzzimill Hassan will begin Tuesday in State Supreme Court, and cameras will be allowed in the courtroom to cover.
It's been a long time coming. The murder happened February 12, 2009 and that's when Hassan led police to his wife Aasyia's decapitate body at the TV station the couple owned in Orchard Park.
Before her death, Aasyia had filed two separate reports of abuse by Hassan but she never pressed charges. At the time of her death, Aasyia had a restraining order against her husband.
In court, Hassan claims he is the real victim. His lawyers said he suffers from what's called "Battered Spouse Syndrome". Hassan's attorney said that is the defense that they would use in this murder trial.
Just a few weeks ago, the District Attorney found that the doctors who were going to testify in support of Hassan's claims were not coming to court. In fact, they said that they were not even in contact with Hassan or his attorney. Now, even just hours before the trial, it is still unclear what direction Hassan's attorney will take in his defense.
"We found out that none of these claimed experts are going to testify to the fact that Hassan was a battered spouse, misleading," Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said.
Last week, a jury was selected. It took the entire five days for the prosecution and defense to agree on 12 jurors and four alternate jurors. The jury that will be in court today consists of four women and eight men. There are two women and two men on standby as alternate jurors.
The trial will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to run three to four weeks.
Stay tuned to Channel 7 and wkbw.com. We will be in the courtroom and have all the details when they become available.