Soccer Referees Murder Case Moving to Circuit Court


LIVONIA, MI – Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36 years old, of Dearborn, who is facing Bassel Abdul-Amir Saadthe charge of second degree murder in the death of 44 year old soccer referee John Bieniewicz, will proceed to Circuit Court.

John Bieniewicz, who was punched by Saad, died from the injuries sustained by him during an adult soccer game that was being played in Mies Park in Livonia on Sunday June 29th, 2014.

Judge Kathleen McCann of the 16th District Court in Livonia ordered the case bound over to Circuit Court, saying he should have known his punch during the June 29th, 2014 game could kill.

Saad’s attorney, Ali Hammoud of Dearborn, believes the judge “got it wrong.”  He was looking to get the case reduced to a charge of manslaughter.

Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad’s Circuit Court arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 7th, 2014.

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