- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The founder of a Muslim-American television channel will be arraigned on murder charges in the beheading of his wife.

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM’-mel HAH’-sahn) is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 12 death of his wife, Aasiya, (AH’-see-ya) at the offices of Bridges TV in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.

His attorney, James Harrington, said the 44-year-old businessman will plead not guilty at the arraignment Friday.

The president of the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter has condemned the death as an honor killing _ a characterization local victim advocacy groups oppose.

The couple launched Bridges TV in 2004 to balance what they considered negative portrayals of Muslims.

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