Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, at the Bridges TV station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, said Andrew Benz, Orchard Park's police chief.
Hassan was arrested Thursday.
His wife filed for divorce February 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple's home, Benz said.
On Monday, Benz told CNN that Hassan went directly to the police station after his wife's death Thursday and confessed to killing her. However, Benz on Tuesday denied that he'd said Hassan confessed.
Hassan told Orchard Park police his wife was dead, led officers to her body and was arrested Thursday, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III told CNN on Tuesday. Hassan is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Attempts to reach an attorney for Hassan were unsuccessful Monday, and his family didn't return calls from CNN.
He had two children, 4 and 6, with his wife. He had two other children, 17 and 18, from his previous marriage. Link
Bridges TV is the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States. One goal of Bridges TV is to counter Muslim stereotypes because after 9/11, many negative portrayals of Muslims were on the rise.
Unfortunately, this incredulous beheading of his wife does not help soften the Muslim Extremist stereotype.
The treatment of women in many extreme Muslim countries have long been documented and portrayed as inhumane and degrading. Women are beyond 2nd class citizens. They are even place below animals and pets. Women can be beaten, raped and subjected to any cruelty without persecution. Women have no rights, no protection, no justice.
Muzzammil has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
I can already see his lawyers conjuring up the Koran and its extreme teachings to rationize his behavior.