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Hassan testifies at his murder trial

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Media pool photo by Sharon Cantillion, Buffalo News
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Muzzammil \"Mo\" Hassan testifying

By Eileen Buckley & Ashley Hassett

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Buffalo, NY – Day seven of the Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan trial continued Thursday with Hassan on the witness stand.

Hassan spoke about the mental and verbal abuse he suffered, portraying himself as the victim with his wife Aasiya.

Hassan's legal advisor Jeremy Schwartz said Hassan's testimony is part of the defense's evidence.

"He talked about times where he's reached out to try and get help in their relationship, and her response to that, and some of the things that she was doing and that he was doing that made him think that they needed help in their relationship,"said Schwartz.

Hassan recalled an argument about Aasiya wanting to visit her family in Pakistan. He also testified that when Aasyia would get angry she would explode like machine gun bullets being shot at him.

Hassan claimed that in 2006 Aasiya had an abortion. He testified the abortion took a toll on his mental state. Schwartz told reporters that testimony is important to understanding Hassan's relationship with Aasiya.

"Well it does go to his state of mind and again the exact importance and how that relates to his relationship with Aasiya will be addressed on summation," said Schwartz.

Hassan testified that his wife Aasyia once told him she pushed her brother into traffic back in 1983. The judge then had jurors leave the courtroom, that's when Hassan also stated after the pushing incident Aasyia's mother abused her.

The prosecution told the court it spoke to her family, and they say there was no brother. Hassan also testified that there are emails supporting his wife's story about a brother, but the judge said he would not left Hassan use the emails because there's no proof they are authentic.

You can click the audio above to listen to attorney Schwartz talking with reporters following Thursday's testimony.