Alleged Wife Decapitator Likely to Mount Psychiatric Defense

A man accused of beheading his wife at the Muslim-American television station they founded is likely to pursue a psychiatric defense in the murder case.

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM'-mel HAH'-sahn) is scheduled to be tried in January for the killing of Aasiya (AH'-see-ya) Hassan at the offices of Bridges TV in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.

During a pretrial hearing in Erie County Court Friday, attorney James Harrington says a civil wrongful death suit filed by Aasiya's estate is holding up psychiatric testing. But he says he's considering a defense of extreme emotional disturbance focusing on his client's state of mind at the time he's accused of killing his wife in February.

The Pakistani-born Hassans started the network in part to dispel Muslim stereotypes.