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Closing arguments in beheading murder trial

BUFFALO — A prosecutor says a former New York television executive on trial for beheading his estranged wife acted out of determination to control her, not in self-defense as he’s claimed.

Assistant Erie County District Attorney Colleen Curtin Gable told jurors during her closing arguments to reject Muzzammil Hassan’s claim he killed Aasiya Hassan in 2009 because he was a battered spouse and afraid of her.

Hassan, who acted as his own lawyer, spent his closing remarks describing himself as long-abused. He blamed a domestic violence system that he says favors women and leaves battered men without legal recourse.

The jury in Buffalo is expected to get the second-degree murder case later Monday afternoon after instructions from the judge.