The founder of a Muslim-oriented television station in western New York says he doesn't feel safe in jail as he awaits trial on charges he beheaded his wife.

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM'-mel HAH'-sahn) appeared Wednesday at a pretrial conference in Erie County Court in Buffalo, where he told the judge he's been beaten and waterboarded by sheriff's deputies at the county jail.

Hassan's lawyer asked the judge to order jail videotapes preserved. The judge didn't immediately rule.

Undersheriff Mark Wipperman later called Hassan's allegations "preposterous" and Hassan himself "a troublesome and problematic inmate."

Aasiya (AH'-see-ya) Hassan was killed in 2009 inside the TV station she and her husband established to promote cultural understanding. She had recently filed for divorce.

Hassan's murder trial is scheduled to start Jan. 10.