Will Hassan Appear in Court Monday?

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- It has been an eventful and emotional week as the jury hears from the prosecution's witnesses. Some of the most compelling testimony came from Muzzammil Hassan's two oldest children. They spoke about their love for their stepmother, and their attempts to stop Hassan from abusing Aasiya. That testimony seemed to spark Hassan to attempt to fire his attorney and take over as his own legal defense.
Prosecutors claim that Muzzammil Hassan killed his wife Aasiya because she dared to file for divorce and obtained a restraining order against him.
Defense attorney, Jeremy Schwartz, claims Hassan was justified in killing his wife because she humiliated and abused him, bringing him to "a breaking point."
13 witnesses have testified so far. A police officer who noted Hassan's calm demeanor when he confessed to the murder. Also, a Walmart employee describes Hassan as polite while tested the sharpness of two hunting knives an hour before Aasiya's body was found beheaded February 12, 2009.
The jury also learned many of the gruesome details of the case. Aasiya was stabbed 40 times and the beheading took only 47 seconds. She may have even been conscious during the beheading, a medical examiner said.
The most chilling testimony came from Hassan's own children. Both claim they witnessed Aasiya being punched and bleeding. Hassan wanted to cross examine his daughter himself, but the judge denied this request. The following morning,Hassan declares his attorney ill-prepared and threatens to fire him.
Hassan angrily storms out of the courtroom when the judge refused to let him take over his own legal defense. The defendant watched testimony from another room, and it's not clear if he will rejoin his attorney in the courtroom when it resumes Monday.
Tuesday, we had learned that 3 jurors were excused over the weekend, bringing the total amount of jurors to 13. If it dips under 12, there would be a mistrial.