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Tinley Park Man Charged With Beating Wife to Death Pleads Not Guilty

The Tinley Park man jailed for allegedly bashing his wife's head in with a weightlifting bar was arrested twice before on domestic battery charges.

A Tinley Park man jailed on murder charges for allegedly bashing his wife's head in with a weightlifting bar pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday.

Bahaa Sam, 47, appeared before Judge Robert Livas via a closed circuit video feed from the Will County jail. Livas allowed the public defender's office to withdraw from the case so Palos Park attorney John Eannace could enter his appearance to represent Sam.

An interpreter translated the proceedings into Arabic for Sam, who is being held in lieu of $5 million bond. Sam allegedly bludgeoned his wife, 38-year-old Nermeen Sam, to death Dec. 19, clubbing her in the head at least 10 times with a weightlifting bar.

Police and paramedics went to Sam's house after a Tinley Park public works employee spotted Nermeen Sam's body next to a tree outside and called 911, police said. Officers reportedly found Nermeen Sam face down in the grass, covered in blood, and the weightlifting bar next to her body.

The cops then went inside and ran into the Sams' blood-spattered 4-year-old son. The boy reportedly told the officers, "Daddy killed my mommy."

The Sams have another son and two daughters.

Sam had been arrested twice before for allegedly beating his wife. The first time, in 2005, he was found not guilty of domestic battery following a trial in front of Judge Jeff Allen but was convicted of resisting police. The second time, following a June arrest, he pleaded guilty and took a sentence of 12 months court supervision.

Nermeen Sam had secured an emergency order of protection against her husband in June but failed to appear in court for a July 19 hearing on whether to extend the order.

In her petition for the protective order, Nermeen Sam said her husband punched her in the face and bit her arm in front of their children and her mother. She also accused Bahaa Sam of hitting and pushing her 64-year-old mother.

Prior to the alleged attack in December, Bahaa and Nermeen Sam reportedly argued over his lack of employment. Bahaa Sam tried to stop his wife from leaving their home and she bit his finger, a prosecutor said at a previous hearing. Bahaa Sam then allegedly chased her outside and beat her with the weightlifting bar.

Tina M. January 15, 2013 at 04:41 PM
You uneducated, ignorant fool. First, beating your wife is not part of ANY religion. Secondly, Sam was an Orthodox CHRISTIAN, not a Muslim.
Tina M. January 15, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Kerri: Timothy2:12-- And I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man, but to be in silence. Corinthians 14:34-- women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak but must be in submission always, says the Law. Would you like me to go on. There are plenty more.
N. Al. January 17, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Kerri for you information this man is Christian and he is not Muslim.........
Chauncy January 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Lee, Karen did this days ago: Qur'an (4:34) "Men are the maintainer of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, ADMONISH them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and BEAT them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them." But since I re-quoted her with the information that you sought, I'll take some crab legs from Red Lobster.
tp_pete January 19, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Yes, Kerri U, as you said, it is a very sad situation. And you chose the situation to show your considerable knowledge of the Muslim religion. Even though you know very little about the family in question. And, as has been stated many times, the family is NOT Muslim. And, they don't live overseas ... they live in your neighborhood. Which might just indicate that they aren't the stereotypical Muslims you are trying to portray them to be to prove your point. I mean, if they actual believed in all the things you've said, why would they want to live in the US in the first place? Nothing like fighting a Holy War in the forums of the Frankfort Patch.

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