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Killer Found Rolling Suitcase With Body In It Claims Self-Defense

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12/28/10 09:21 PM ET   AP

NEW YORK — Authorities say a man already on probation has admitted killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase on a New York City street. He claimed she attacked him first.

Hassan Malik was held without bail after his arraignment Tuesday on a murder charge.

Police say a passer-by found 28-year-old Betty Williams' body in a suitcase in East Harlem last week.

A court complaint says Malik told police he returned to his apartment to find Williams dead. The papers say Malik said he choked Williams with an electric cord after she wound it around his neck and hit him with a frying pan.

Prosecutors say forensic evidence will contradict him.

His lawyer says the 55-year-old Malik was about to start a job as a drug counselor.

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