Oct 17, 10:12 AM EDT

Pretrial hearing reset in referee's fatal punching


DETROIT (AP) -- A court hearing has been rescheduled in the case of a Detroit-area recreational soccer player charged in the one-punch killing of a referee who was about to eject him from a game.

Bassel Saad was due in Wayne County court Friday for a hearing on motions. The prosecutor's office says a new hearing date is Oct. 24.

The 36-year-old from Dearborn is charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors and police say Saad punched John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) on June 29, as Bieniewicz was preparing to red-card Saad during an adult recreational league game in Livonia.

Saad's trial is to begin in December. Saad's lawyer has said Saad is sorry for his actions, but called prosecutors' second-degree murder case weak.

Bieniewicz lived in Westland with his wife and two sons.

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