- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A hearing for a Detroit-area soccer player charged in the one-punch slaying of a referee has been postponed.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway postponed Friday’s hearing. She rescheduled it for Thursday.

Bassel Saad’s second-degree murder trial is set for Dec. 8.

Prosecutors and police say the 36-year-old Dearborn man punched John Bieniewicz (BEN’-uh-wits) on June 29 as Bieniewicz was preparing to red-card and eject Saad during an adult recreational league game in Livonia.

Saad’s lawyer has said his client is sorry for his actions, but called prosecutors’ second-degree murder case weak.

A witness said in an earlier probable cause hearing that the 44-year-old Bieniewicz did not expect the attack and didn’t see the punch coming.

Bieniewicz lived in Westland with his wife and two sons.


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