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Judge: NY beheading suspect can't represent self

A former New York television executive accused of beheading his estranged wife has left the courtroom after a judge refused to let him act as his own attorney for the rest of his murder trial.

A former New York television executive accused of beheading his estranged wife has left the courtroom after a judge refused to let him act as his own attorney for the rest of his murder trial.

A handcuffed Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM'-mel HAH'-sahn) was escorted from the Buffalo courtroom by a half dozen court officers Thursday after his unsuccessful appeal to Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk (FRAHN'-zik).

Hassan says his lawyer is under prepared.

Hassan asked to go back to jail, but the judge said he would have to watch the proceedings in a room with an audio and video feed.

Testimony in Hassan's second-degree murder began Tuesday. He's charged in the 2009 death of Aasiya (AH'-see-ya ) Hassan inside the Muslim-oriented television station the couple started to promote cultural understanding.

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