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Opening Statements Set For Wife Beheading Trial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Jurors were set to begin hearing the case of a western New York television executive charged with beheading his wife soon after she filed for divorce.

Opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan were scheduled to start Tuesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.

The 2009 killing of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan has received much media attention, in part because the couple ran a television station whose goal was to counter negative images of Muslims.

Potential jurors were being asked whether they have issues with the Pakistan-born Hassan's ethnicity, or the fact that he's Muslim and may claim self-defense.

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