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Lawyers: Religion not a factor in decapitation

BUFFALO — Lawyers for the founder of an Islam-oriented television station who is accused of beheading his wife say it’s ridiculous to think religion has anything to do with the case as they pursue a psychiatric defense.

Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan appeared briefly in a Buffalo courtroom for procedural motions Friday in advance of his second-degree murder trial. The trial was expected to start this month, but is now slated to begin in September because of a change in defense lawyers.

Hassan is charged with killing Aasiyah Hassan last year in the studios of Bridges TV, which the couple founded in part to dispel negative Muslim stereotypes.

After Friday’s hearing, defense attorneys said Mo Hassan is a secular Muslim.