Opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan are scheduled to start today in Erie County Court in Buffalo.
The 46-year-old Hassan is accused of stabbing and decapitating Aasiya Hassan, 37, in 2009 inside the studios of Bridges TV.
Standing trial: Muzzammil Hassan (right) is accused of stabbing and decapitating his wife Aasiva (left) in February 2009
she was 'too westernised' Hassan's lawyer Jeremy Schwartz - the accused's fourth attorney since the case began- has said he may use a battered spouse defence.
On the stand: Muzzamil Hassan's trial for allegedly beheading his wife begins today
Police have said they responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple's arrest but no arrests were ever made.
Jury selection for the trial took a week as 285 potential applicants were whittled down to a final 16, with the process hampered by media attention on the case.
Hassan’s lawyer told CNN he is confident his client will receive a fair trial.
‘We will try to choose people for the jury that are going to strictly abide by the judge’s instructions,’ he added
‘But we understand that this [story] is everywhere, there is a Buffalo News article today and they’ve all had access to all of that.’
It has been claimed in a local newspaper bythe victim’s family that her husband had begun another relationship and had ‘taunted’ his spouse about his new lover.
While Hassan founded Bridges TV, his wife had served as the station's general manager after its 2004 launch.
The network, available across the U.S. and Canada, was believed to be the first English-language cable station aimed at the rapidly growing Muslim demographic.