Islamic TV founder charged with beheading wife: reports


June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 17, 2009 at 5:10 AM EDT

The founder of a US television station aimed at countering stereotypes of Muslims has been arrested and charged with beheading his wife, local media reported.

Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, whose decapitated body was found Thursday by police at the Bridges TV station in a Buffalo suburb in New York state, The Buffalo News reported Monday.

"He came to the police station at 6:20 pm (Thursday) and told us that she was dead," Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz told the newspaper.

Police reportedly went to Bridges TV, which Hassan founded in 2004, and discovered her body.

Orchard Park police told AFP there was a statement about the murder and arrest but would not release it or confirm any details pending contact with the police chief, who was unavailable.

Bridges TV said in a statement it was "deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Aasiya (Zubair) Hassan and subsequent arrest of Muzzammil Hassan."

CNN reported on its website that Benz said Hassan, 44, confessed to beheading his wife.

Benz said Hassan's wife, 37, had filed for divorce January 6, and that police had responded to numerous domestic violence calls at the couple's home, according to CNN.

He reportedly had two children, age four and six, with his wife, and two other children, age 17 and 18, from a previous marriage.

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