Written by Charles Menchaca
A Downers Grove man facing a federal investigation planned to kill his mother and then kill himself, DuPage County prosecutors said.
But once the man fatally shot his mother on Thursday, he called 911 and was taken into custody, according to police. Now he's being charged with first-degree murder.
Michael Bassaly, 27, was ordered held without bond on Friday at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton. He appeared in a yellow jumpsuit on Friday before Judge Daniel Guerin.
Prosecutors asked Guerin for Bassaly to be held with no bond given the severity of the charge. Bassaly's attorney Marc Wolfe asked for a $1 million bail, but was denied.
Bassaly, of the 2000 block of Prentiss Drive, shot his mother Yvonne Bassaly early Thursday morning inside a silver Cadillac at the parking lot of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church's preschool on 79th Street, prosecutors said. A letter written by Bassaly inside the car was addressed to the FBI, saying that Bassaly was going to kill himself and also his mother to protect her from "the investigation," the prosecutors said.
The investigation in question is being headed by the Department of Homeland Security and involves fake documents for asylum that were in Bassaly's possession, prosecutors said. The Department's investigation began earlier this week, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.
"This was a premeditated murder," Berlin said during a brief press conference after the bond hearing. "This was carefully planned out by the defendant."
After the shooting, Bassaly made a 911 call at 12:53 a.m. Thursday that lasted four minutes and 10 seconds. The call was played in its entirely in bond court, and Bassaly listened to it with his head lowered.
"I shot my mom," Bassaly could be heard telling a dispatcher. "I shot her in the brain … I'm begging you, call [an] ambulance."
Yvonne Bassaly, 61, was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m. Thursday at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, prosecutors said in court on Friday. After an autopsy was performed, the cause of death was ruled a homicide by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Bassaly said he was planning to kill himself and his mother because he would likely spend the rest of his life in prison or be hurt by someone in the Egyptian community as a result of the false documents, prosecutors said.
Bassaly told police that he shared with his mother his plans to die, and afterward she said they should go pray at St. Mark's. If his intention was to kill her, then he should do it, Bassaly said his mother told him. But he would later give conflicting statements, saying that the gun just went off.
Bassaly's murder case is due back in court on Sept. 9.
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