A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to charges he beat his wife to death with a weightlifting curling bar in an attack that took place in front of their 4-year-old son.
Bahaa Sam is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 19 death of his wife, Nermeen Sam.
Prosecutors say he chased his 38-year-old wife out of their Tinley Park house, struck her on the head more than 10 times with the weightlifting bar and then left her for dead.
He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
Sam appeared in court Friday for his arraignment. He was scheduled to return to court Feb. 8.
The SouthtownStar reports (http://bit.ly/11qZIo3 ) that Bahaa Sam had faced domestic violence accusations in the past.