Police: TV exec beheads wife over divorce

February 17, 2009 9:05:51 AM PST
Police say an upstate New York man concerned about the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Muzzammil Hassan is charged with murdering his wife, Aasiya Hassan. Police say she had an order of protection against her husband and he had been kicked out of the house they shared in Orchard Park, near Buffalo.

They accuse the 44-year-old Hassan of cutting off his wife's head at the TV station where he launched his Bridges TV network in 2004. In an AP interview, he said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Hassan surrendered at the police station after his wife's death.

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