Man accused of murder mentally fit for trial
BY JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2013 12:50PM
Bahaa A. Sam
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:15AM
A Tinley Park man accused of beating his wife to death with a weightlifting bar in the front yard of their home is sane enough to stand trial, authorities said.
Will County prosecutors said Bahaa A. Sam, 47, administered a beating Dec. 19 that left Nermeen Sam, 38, dead on their front lawn, and their 4-year-old son, who watched, splattered with blood.
Sam was charged Dec. 20 with first-degree murder and remains in the county jail in lieu of $5 million bail.
Lawyers for Sam and the state on Thursday accepted a psychological evaluation that found Sam is mentally fit for trial.
Sam is accused of hitting his wife on the head more than 10 times with the curling bar, then leaving her to die on the lawn.
Authorities say the beating was prompted by an argument the couple had over the fact that Bahaa Sam was unemployed.
Sam is scheduled to appear in court again June 28.