BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After deliberating for an hour, the jury has returned a guilty verdict against Muzzammil Hassan for second degree murder. The jury began deliberations around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, and by around 4:30 p.m., the jury had reached their decision.
After a 30 minute delay Monday morning, Muzzammil Hassan proceeded to speak for two hours to the jury, summing up his case in his closing argument. After being warned by the judge he had just nine minutes left, he concluded his argument be saying, "I don't blame my wife." Hassan told the jurors he blames the doctors, he blames the courts, and he blames the police for never getting his side of the story, and always assuming his wife, Aasiya, was telling the truth. He reiterated his argument he held throughout the trial, stating he was the battered spouse.
Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable spoke to jurors for just over an hour. By the end of her closing argument, she was in tears as she spoke about Aasiya, bringing tears to the eyes of courtroom observers. Curtin Gable was adamant in refuting each claim brought forth by Hassan. For each claim Hassan made, Curtin Gable provided an argument on why that did not make sense, and why it was not true. Throughout the trial, Hassan has used e-mails between himself and Aasiya to paint his wife as the domineering one in the relationship. In her closing argument, Curtin Gable read one of Aasiya's responses to Hassan, revealing that Aasiya would have backed the prosecution's arguments about her husband: that he was the one with the problems.
Muzzammil Hassan has been remanded to the Erie County Holding Center. Sentencing has been set for March 9th.
>> For the full details on what happened in court on Monday, as well as details on what each day of the trial held, check out our courtroom blog, updated by reporter Lorey Schultz each day of the trial
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