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Accused murderer Bassaly claims cameras in court could endanger his family

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 11:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT
Michael Bassaly of Downers Grove enters the courtroom Friday at the DuPage County Courthouse for his arraignment hearing on first-degree murder charges. (Photo provided)
Michael Bassaly, 27, of Downers Grove is on trial for allegedly killing his mother, Yvonne Bassaly. (Provided photo).

BURR RIDGE – Michael Bassaly, the man accused of killing his mother Aug. 29 in Burr Ridge, pleaded not guilty to all five counts of first-degree murder on Friday at the DuPage County Courthouse via his attorney Marc Wolfe.

The 27-year-old Downers Grove man allegedly shot his mother, Yvonne Bassaly, in the head around 1 a.m. at the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church parking lot, 15w455 79th St. Yvonne Bassaly was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m. at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, said Burr Ridge Deputy Chief Marc Loftus.

Prosecutors said Michael Bassaly confessed to being involved in an illegal scheme, which involved fake applications for asylum. Bassaly was also being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He allegedly confessed that he feared he would be arrested soon, and planned to kill his mother and himself.

Judge Daniel Guerin gave approval for cameras to be in the DuPage County courtroom during the arraignment Friday, but Wolfe objected saying it posed a threat to his client's family members, according to media reports.

Wolfe said during a pre-arraignment that Bassaly is a Coptic Christian and feared that video or photographs could be seen in Egypt and endanger Coptic Christian family members, the reports said.

Guerin overruled the objection Friday and allowed media outlets to seek permission to bring cameras into court.

On Aug. 30, his bond was denied at the DuPage County Courthouse.

Bassaly's next court date is Oct. 18.

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