December 01, 2014

DETROIT (AP) A judge says jurors can see photos from the autopsy of a Detroit-area soccer referee who died after a player punched him in the head.

Lawyers for Bassel Saad say the photos could unfairly sway the emotions of a jury. But Wayne County Judge Thomas Cameron says the pictures are fair game because they show the ''power of the punch.'' He held a hearing Monday on pre-trial matters.

Saad is charged with second-degree murder in the death of John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits). Bieniewicz was punched in the head during a game in Livonia last summer.

A trial is expected in 2015.

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