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Prosecutors are prepared to challenge the legality of any type of insanity-related defense Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan might raise in the decapitation of his estranged wife, they told a judge today.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk scheduled a Jan. 19 start for jury selection in the television entrepreneur's murder trial. He's accused in the Feb. 12 killing of Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37, in the Orchard Park TV studio where they both worked.

During today's court session, the judge mentioned that defense attorney James P. Harrington has suggested the possibility of some sort of psychiatric defense, but has yet to file pre-trial motions on that issue.


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