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Jury Selection To Begin In NY Beheading Case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Jury selection was set to begin for the second-degree murder trial of a New York television executive charged with beheading his wife.

Prosecution and defense lawyers expected it would take longer than usual to seat 12 jurors for Muzzammil Hassan's trial because of media attention the case has received since February 2009.

That's when Hassan walked into the Orchard Park police station in suburban Buffalo to tell them his wife was dead.

Police then found Aasiya Hassan's body inside the studios of Bridges TV, the Muslim-American television station the couple ran.

Hassan's defense was expected to include claims he was a battered spouse.

Jury selection was to start Monday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.

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