New York man found guilty of murder in wife's beheading
Muzzammil Hassan was convicted Monday in the 2009 beheading death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan.
February 7th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

New York man found guilty of murder in wife's beheading

A New York jury on Monday found Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan guilty of second-degree murder for the 2009 beheading of his wife.

His legal adviser, Jeremy Schwartz, said that Hassan, who made closing arguments on his own behalf, may appeal the verdict.

Hassan, who founded a TV network aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes, went to a police station in February 2009 in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Orchard Park and told officers his wife was dead, police have said. Aasiya Hassan had been decapitated.

The jury deliberated for an hour before delivering the verdict.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    a muslim chopping of his wife's head.. from a guy trying to counter muslim steriotypes... now thats ironic..

    February 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      ROFL

      February 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin Powers, IMM

      Rolling is fine, just don't laugh your head off.

      February 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      I wish I had written your post.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      just goes to show you what goes on behind the sceens in a muslim house hold.. and why there so clean.. ((i've seen there houses when inside delivering pizza)) anyways the wife probabbly says to herself –> i better have the house clean before he chops my head off..

      he thinks –> i should chopped her hed off a long time ago..

      kinda reminds me of that line in leathal weapon 4.. "in china you'd be dead"

      muslim husband probablly say to there wifes "in iran i'd already chopped your head off"

      you know another funny thing i noticed when delivering pizza.. and i just now put it together cause i never really thought about it..

      i noticed all the barbie dolls had there heads popped off..

      February 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MICHAEL WHITE

      I was going to ask: "Who does this guy think he is? Muslim?". Apparently he really was a Muslim!!

      February 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Glad he didn't have a rocket to "send her to the moon!"

      February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      Maybe I should rethink my views on Muslim Religion. For those of us who already follow our Laws and play by the Rules here in the USA, it would be great to see Thieves get their Hands wacked off, Adulterers stoned to death, and People who disrespect my God hung !! I'm so sick of societies cheaters getting away with a slap on the wrist while we pay the consequences.... Plus, the US Government would be okay wid it once Shira Law takes over. I give it say, 3 years??

      February 8, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      I've grown tired trying to defend America from Itself. I've been wasting my time. Even Our Founders would look at what so many American Leaches have done to their Country, and left in Disgust. I'm to old to learn Arabic... Will they kill me for that??

      February 8, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    i wonder when he does his 2010 taxes if he can claim head of household?

    February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlenderHead

      Actually, he can claim two heads. Which are better than one. +1 on the irony thing. I mean, really, total decapitation is TOUGH work; the cartilage and sinew that hold the neck together are really strong, even to cut through. He had to seriously work at it. Not that I'm an expert at beheading, or anything.

      February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zee marley

    this is not funny!making jokes of this kind of thing is sick

    February 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I agree. But....wait for it...don't lose your head over it!

      February 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jokey McJokester

      Muzzammil Hassan has a very good head on his shoulders...and another one in a dish on his desk

      February 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sulayman

    As a Muslim, I'm glad they threw are throwing the book at him. This was a disgusting crime by an abusive husband and it's brought shame and embarrassment to the American Muslim community. Does NY have the death penalty anymore?

    February 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      No, we do not. I've been following this case, and I have to say this guy is really a whack job. His defense was that HE was the victim, not her. After years of abuse, this poor woman finally found the courage to get away from this control freak, and 6 days later this happened. It's really sad. This is a textbook Capitol Punishment case, regardless of his religion. Fry in hell "Mo" fry in hell, after your new prison buddies have their way with you first.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike collins

      Yes, it is a shame and I'm sure it has brought embarrassment to the entire muslim community...well, that and the whole 9/11 thing.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Austin Powers

    "Nothing to lose one's head over."

    February 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AverageAmerican

    Hey Zee Marley: I seriously doubt any of this is real. Sounds like the Devil has you fooled too. Only a sick twisted comedian could come up with something like this. It's like David Duke having a secret desire for chocolate ladies. I think you're tarded Zee. Speaking of tarded: Don’t worry, (s)crote. There are plenty of ‘tards out there living really kick-&$$ lives. My first wife was ‘tarded. She’s a pilot now.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Austin Powers, IMM

    "That's no way to get a-head in business."

    February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. publius enigma

    If he appeals it charge him with 1st degree like you should have done the first time.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • KILLER

      That's not legal. If you're found guilty of a lesser charge you are considered to have been found innocent of any greater charge.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lilith

    2nd Degree ONLY???? What's not premeditated about hacking off someone's head???? This was in NY, they must have given him 6 months.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix05

      They should've gave him instant death, is doesn't matter if it was premeditated or not. So much for the justice system.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charles

    Is that it for the story? Why did he murder his wife in the first place? And if he did behead her, then why did he only get conviced for second degree murder?

    February 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rangerbat

      I can only assume that his lawyer successfully argued that his level of malice was not premeditated and deliberate. Malice aforethought can found if there was intent to cause great bodily injury or even if he acted with an unjustifiably high risk to human life. But I'm guessing that NY will only convict for first degree murder if he had premeditated and chopped her head off in a cool and dispassionate manner. The other levels of malice must get dropped down to second degree. He's lucky he's not in Texas.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stan

    Very said that people like him who runs a T.V Chanel and educating people does such thing.
    For Muslim people doesn't matter how well they study, at the end they see thing thru the GLASS of ISLAM, which override all and give people right to commit such act.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Keksi

    Why does media post crimes by Muslims and not Christians?
    Murders like this happen in America every day yet they report when Muslim does it.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      cause the russians went broke and now the muslims are the bad guys..till maybe china replaces them?

      February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin Powers, IMM

      Because Muslims are the new Bogie Man in America. Americans always need an enemy in order to define who they are.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      what you talking about? the news is chock full of murders from everyone every single day. Half the news is about murders all the time.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      HAHAHAHA,,,Your comment is so funny. The press reports crimes by Christians every day of every week of every year. Where the hell have you been? Just ask Nancy Grace.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • UUMMMM

      Keksi...they do everyday post Christian people murdering, look at all the Justice section...it's just because christians and catholics are still the dominate religion in the US. So why should we put "a new baptist christian man stabs his lutheran wife 100 times and licks the knife"...because we'd be like "and, the point being", but it makes great new when a muslim who created a program to counteract muslim stereotypes beheads his wife...

      February 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • allen

      Nothing exciting about a christian murder,they`ll just shoot you or something.They might chop you up or something after but you`re already dead so the effect isn`t the same

      February 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      "Murders like this happen in America every day" ... Beheadings? Care to back that up with some facts?

      February 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Staci

      Honey, do you read the "Crime" section of this site at all??? It's covered with crimes by so-called Christians every single day.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Because muslims like to cut peoples heads off

      February 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaRofromNorthAL

      Dude ! Have you READ the news lately ????

      February 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    COMMING SOON TO A THEATHER NEAR YOU..

    david duke in black thunder.. in a world of vanilla he had secret lust for dark choclate that couldnt be cured

    February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin Powers, IMM

      Co-starring Foxy Cleopatra!

      February 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and what inspiration are you two drawing from to come up this m&m with nuts plot?

      February 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    2nd degree? For beheading his wife?? From a Muslim tryinig to counter Muslim stereotypes??? Just shoot him already...

    February 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John baglivi

    Sure he didn't mean to do it.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      maybe he was trying to give her a haircut and missed??.. not likely

      February 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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