Muzzammil Hassan told jurors Friday that his wife, Aasiya, was a headstrong woman who came from a violent family background that left her needy, volatile and craving love and affection.
When he married her after her dogged pursuit of him, he said, he decided he would be the one to provide her all the love and affection she needed. He'd heal her.
"I thought, God, this girl has been through a lot. Nobody has given her unconditional love," Hassan testified. "I started feeling like I would be the savior type of person. I guess some of that was my own arrogance."
As time passed, however, he said he realized his wife would not change for the better no matter how nicely he spoke to her or how often he asked her to get counseling for her "abusive behavior."