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The contrast is so striking.

The last hour of Aasiya Zubair Hassan's life started out as ordinary as any other -- haircuts for the kids and a promise to take them to dinner.

But it ended in a horrific, blood-soaked death marked by more than 40 separate slash and stab wounds, and ultimately, a beheading. The attack was so vicious that it allegedly took her husband, Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan, only 47 seconds to do it all with a pair of hunting knives that he had bought earlier that day.

That was the portrait painted by the prosecution in the first day of trial for Hassan, the man charged with second-degree murder ever since Feb. 12, 2009, when he walked into Orchard Park Police Headquarters and confessed to the killing.

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