Trail date set in Soccer Referee murder


LIVONIA, MI – Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad will be back in court on February 23rd, 2015 for the start of his trial in the murder of soccer referee John Bieniewicz.Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad

He is charged with second-degree murder in the death of John Bieniewicz, 44-years-old, who was punched in the head by Bassel Saad, 36-years-old, of Dearborn.




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

Second-degree murder is defined in the Michigan Penal Code (750.317) as all other kinds of murder that are not defined as first-degree murder. This is a wide-ranging category.

Essentially, any murder that is not premeditated, committed in the perpetration of any crime listed in Section 750.316 (including arson, CSC, robbery, carjacking, breaking and entering of a dwelling, home invasion, larceny, extortion, kidnapping, vulnerable adult abuse, torture, stalking), or committed against a police officer, is classified as a second-degree murder.

The criminal penalty for murder in the second degree ultimately rests in the hands of the court, and could result in life imprisonment or any other term of years if Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad is convicted.

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