February 17th, 2009
03:36 PM ET

Founder of Islamic TV station accused of beheading wife

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/02/16/buffalo.beheading/art.ny.beheading.cnn.jpg caption="Muzzammil Hassan has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan."]
Deborah Brunswick and LaNeice Collins

NEW YORK (CNN) - The founder of an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has confessed to beheading his wife, authorities said.

Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, at the Bridges TV station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, said Andrew Benz, Orchard Park's police chief.

Hassan was arrested Thursday.

His wife filed for divorce February 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple's home, Benz said.

Hassan went directly to the police station after his wife's death and confessed to killing her, Benz told CNN. Benz declined to give further details.

Attempts to reach an attorney for Hassan were unsuccessful, and his family didn't return calls from CNN.


Filed under: Islam • LaNeice Collins
July 24th, 2008
08:41 AM ET

A conversation that's long overdue

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.biabanner.jpg.jpg]LaNeice Collins
"Black In America" Producer

I thought I knew what I was getting into when I signed on for the documentary project, Black in America. Years of walking around in this skin meant I pretty much have being black down to a science. And when it comes to being black one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you will have to answer a lot of questions, primarily from non-black people. Questions like "Do you tan?", "How do you get your hair like that?", and "What’s wrong with saying someone black is articulate?"

I was worried that this project would only scratch the surface of what it meant to be black in this country, rather than really examining the challenges and triumphs that we face everyday. How do you fully explain the great success of the black middle class in the last 40 years, but at the same time explore the tremendous growth of the black male prison population and dozens of other topics in only four hours?

The process wasn’t an easy one FULL POST