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Man charged in death of soccer referee arraigned on murder charges, $1M bond set

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    A Dearborn soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck is scheduled to appear in court. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad is charged with second-degree murder. Saad initially was charged with assault. Prosecutors amended the charge after John Bieniewicz died.
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LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) - A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to his neck appeared court on Thursday. 
 
Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad is charged with second-degree murder. The 36-year-old auto mechanic from Dearborn was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court.  A bond of $1-million was set.
 
John Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29 when he was hit while working as a referee at a men's soccer game in Livonia. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old referee formally announced his decision to eject him.
 
Saad initially was charged with assault, but prosecutors amended the charge after Bieniewicz died.
 
Defense lawyer Brian Berry has said his client is not guilty of assaulting Bieniewicz, whose funeral service is to be held on Thursday.
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