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New York man stabs and decapitates wife

A New York man stabbed and decapitated his wife at the Muslim-American television station they founded.

On the evening of Feb. 12, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, went to the Orchard Park Police to report his wife's death. The New York Times reported Hassan told the police that they could find the body of her wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37, at the nearby office of the television station Bridges TV.

Chief Andrew Benz told the New York Times they later arrested him on charges of second-degree murder.

The killing occurred just days after Hassan's wife filed for divorce and served him with the papers for divorce and an order for protection against him, said Chief Benz.

Some have suggested that the killing had been some kind of "honor killing" based on religious or cultural beliefs, angering Muslim leaders.

Hassan's lawyer told Yahoo! News neither religion nor culture played a role in what happened.

Police reports from the past two years show the couple had domestic issues. According to Buffalo News, Aasiya told police in 2006 the abuse had been going on for six years.