A Detroit-area man accused of killing a soccer 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 died last week from injuries sustained June 29. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old 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.''