Wayne Co. Medical Examiner: Referee’s Death is a Homicide

The Wayne County Medical Examiner says a referee’s death is a homicide.

The report shows John Beiniwicz died from blunt force trauma to the neck.

Livonia police say Beiniwicz was punched during a soccer game on Sunday by a man from Dearborn. The ref died Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn with assault.

The man’s lawyer says his client is innocent.