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Hassan trial winding down

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Buffalo News Pool photoof Mo Hassan testifying
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Mo Hassan

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – The trial of Muzzammil Hassan is scheduled to resume at 12:30 Friday afternoon in Erie County court.

On Thursday Hassan called two doctors to testify for his defense. Dr. Gary Horwitz to was the prosecutions expert witness on spousal abuse. But Hassan insisted he testify.

Legal advisor Jeremy Schwartz told reporters the doctor's testimony -- which included descriptions on batter spouse syndrome -- will be included as facts in Hassan's closing arguments.

Orchard Park family physician Dr. Thomas Dilamarter also testified Thursday. He told the court Hassan admitted to him he had hurt his wife Aasiya.

Hassan abruptly replied that he did not do that. Dilamate then said Hassan did in fact tell him that he put his hands on Aasiya, and that Hassan was ashamed of doing so.

Hassan also called Bridges television manager Kristina Telesco to the witness stand. Telesco testified that Hassan was never a threat to her and that he often seemed calm. However, she did tell the court that once during a with Hassan he commanded his wife Aasiya to sit down as she tried to leave to pick up their children. Telesco says she recalled Aasiya obeying Hassan.

Attorney Schwarzt says noted that Hassan is not required to call witnesses and could have stopped after his own testimony. " He has no duty to call witnesses, no burden of proof, still has no burden of proof. Although he has taken on the responsibility of calling witnesses so he could stop at anytime," said Schwartz.

The judge told jurors Thursday to be prepared to her summations Monday. Once closing statements are delivered Monday, jurors would be charged and are expected to begin deliberations by Monday afternoon.