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Closing arguments heard in Hassan trial

By WBFO Newsroom


Buffalo, NY – Closing arguments were held Monday in the murder trail of Mussammil Hassan.

Hassan, who is representing himself, delivered his closing statements to the jury Monday morning for two hours. "Good morning. Thank you for being here. I also want to thank you for having taken the time for four days to hear my side of the story," said Hassan.

Hassan is making his final attempt to convince jurors that he was a victim of battered spouse syndrome.

Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable delivered closing statements Monday afternoon. She reminded jurors that the evidence the prosecution presented does not support Hassan's claims. Curtin Gable ended her summations with emotion on behalf of Aasiya, pleading with the jury that it was time for the defendant to get his "do" and be held accountable for his actions.

You can click the above audio to hear the first few minutes of Hassan's closing statements and some of Gable's closing summation. WIVB Television is the pool camera allowed inside the courtroom to record the final agruments.

In several days of testimony, Hassan argued that his wife Assiya was the abuser and that he killed her in February of 2009 to protect himself and his children.

After the closing statements, Judge Thomas Franczyk will instruct the jury before deliberations begin.

Hassan has not denied killing his wife Assiya, inside Bridges TV -- the cable network they ran in Orchard Park -- back in February 2009.