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Man charged with killing referee appears in court

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck has made an initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge.

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court. The judge ordered a $1 million bond and set a preliminary hearing for July 30.

John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) died last week from injuries sustained June 29. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old soccer referee announced his decision to eject him from a men's league game.

Saad, a 36-year-old auto mechanic from Dearborn, initially was charged with assault, but prosecutors amended the charge after Bieniewicz died.

Defense lawyer Ali Hammoud says his client is "extremely remorseful" and "has been crying ever since."

A funeral for Bieniewicz is to be held Thursday.

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TamiHunter45 July 10 2014 at 4:58 PM

Yeah, the P***Y looked like he wanted to cry. NOT because he MURDERED a man, but because he will be going to prison. His attorney was going on about his wife and kids as though it would be a shame to put him behind bars. Well, Mr. Bieniewicz ALSO had a wife and two boys and THEY will never see their father again. At least Mr. Muslims brats can visit him in prison. So no, I feel NOTHING for the scumbag. No sympathy what-so-ever. NONE!

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eyedrum July 10 2014 at 4:43 PM

Imagine that.... a muslim from Dearborn Michigan resorting to violence because he didn't agree with someone. What a surprise. What next, world-wide muslim instigated violence?

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Obz3rv3r July 10 2014 at 5:17 PM

Oh. I thought this was in Brazil. Detroit sounds about right for this type of behavior too though.

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wlh1923 Obz3rv3r July 10 2014 at 5:45 PM

Yeah, right says the idiot who claims all ball sports arose "with warrior kicking and catching the heads of their enemies". Pfffffft

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Nancy Obz3rv3r July 10 2014 at 7:52 PM

LIVONIA, Michigan. Not Detroit, Michigan. Read much?

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hagman3926 July 10 2014 at 4:50 PM

Soccer is such a civilized sport isn't it??????????

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Obz3rv3r hagman3926 July 10 2014 at 5:19 PM

Actually, most ball sports like this originated with warrior kicking and catching the heads of their enemies. You like Rugby? Football? Soccer? Somewhere in history, someone's head was the ball.

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CPA11973 Obz3rv3r July 10 2014 at 7:51 PM

but in those days players were not allowed to poke the eyes out of the bodyless head (:

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CPA11973 hagman3926 July 10 2014 at 7:50 PM

let's arm the players with assault rifles. would make little difference in the violence of this so-called sport. of course other sports are like this. ever watch a rugby match - i'm surprised that there isn't at least one death during each game.

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jrvelez45 July 10 2014 at 6:24 PM

hoping he gets life, muslims do not believe in peace, they believe in murder

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buckeye3118 July 10 2014 at 5:22 PM

What would be the response if a player in an 'American' sport killed a referee? Or do we just expect this kind of third-world behavior, since we have PopStar MESSiah, whose thinking is third-world?

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mo524 buckeye3118 July 10 2014 at 7:00 PM

I am not really sure what you are talking about every year there is at least one murder over the yankees red sox rivalry so this is par for the course in America.

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sadiemae1214 buckeye3118 July 10 2014 at 7:22 PM

How about 2 guys from Brooklyn beating up a baseball fan in the stadium parking lot because they didn't like what he was saying. He didn't die but he'll spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

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kudzuking July 10 2014 at 5:18 PM

Just wanted to mention to cplandamm that I'm pretty sure muslims don't end up in Valhalla. Unless of course his father was a Viking.

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cplandman July 10 2014 at 4:34 PM

muslims don't cry over death, they embrace it. saad sent this buddy to Valhalla to get his 40 virgins.

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ranger197172 July 11 2014 at 1:45 AM

Send the muslim back where he came from after a long prison sentence

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Sherry July 10 2014 at 11:20 PM

Defense lawyer Ali Hammoud says his client is "extremely remorseful" and "has been crying ever since."

Good. I'm glad he is. Doesn't change the fact that he needs to go to prison for killing a man while throwing a hissy fit.

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