Hassan Takes the Stand; Says Wife Hit and Insulted Him

January 27, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

January 27, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Muzzammil Hassan started his testimony Thursday by telling the jury that his story is complex, and they are the first to ever hear it.
He shared many details of his own life and his previous two marriages. He claims that he was in a mental institution after his first divorce because he was so depressed. He later enrolled in a 12 step program, not for a drinking problem, but for help.
He then began discussing his issues with Aasiya. He repeatedly said that she was demanding, abusive, spoiled, and hurled insults at him for years. He claims that he tried to help her. He shared articles and books aimed at solving her abusive behavior. She threw them away, he claims. One book in particular verified his feelings that he was the victim, and even contacted the author to seek counseling.
Hassan believes that Aasiya lied to the police in the dozen police reports against him. He claims the family babysitter also lied in her testimony. Hassan, who is acting as his own legal defense, showed no evidence other than his testimony to support his claims. He claims abuse often happens in private and that's why there is no record.
None of the 40 people that his silent advisor Jeremy Schwartz sent subpoenas to last night were available for testimony this morning. Hassan also tried to submit 1000 pieces of evidence this morning, mostly emails that could not be verified. Schwartz denied that these were delay tactics. Schwartz believes some witnesses will be available Friday. Hassan will continue to testify.