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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Aaron Samir Akel, 45, (DOB: 10/08/1975), of Dearborn Heights in connection with the homicide of his mother, Ibtisam Field, 73, also of Dearborn Heights.

On May 4, 2021 at approximately 4:40 a.m., Dearborn Heights police were dispatched to a residence in the 5360 block of Pardee Avenue in Dearborn Heights. Upon arrival officers located Mrs. Field's lifeless body in the bedroom of the home. Medics arrived on scene where it was determined that the victim died of strangulation. It is alleged that Defendant Akel killed his mother; he was arrested at the scene.

At the time of the crime the defendant was on probation for assaulting his mother. On November 2, 2020, the defendant was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm and misdemeanor Domestic Violence arising out of an incident involving his mother. He pled guilty to the Attempted Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm on March 16, 2021. On that date the defense attorney moved to release the defendant pending the sentence hearing. The prosecution opposed this motion, and Judge Noah Hood agreed that the defendant should remain in custody.

The defendant was in custody from November until the date of his sentence hearing on April 7, 2021. His guidelines called for a sentence of 0-11 months. He was sentenced to three years probation, including 157 days in the county jail with credit for time served.

His mother appeared at the sentence hearing and asked that the defendant be released. She informed the court that she wanted her son to receive drug and mental health treatment and that she would like to have contact with him again. Judge Hood ordered that there be no contact with the victim. He also ordered the defendant to receive treatment at a facility to be arranged by the probation department.

Defendant Akel was released and did not call the probation agent as directed by the court. The probation agent was able to track the defendant down and refer him to a facility, but he failed to report. The agent attempted to follow up but was unable to reach him and began the process of filing an amended order with the court. Unfortunately, despite the no contact order it appears that at some point the victim allowed the defendant to live at her house.

"This is what we all fear in Domestic Violence cases. The assistant prosecutor appeared in court in many times in this case. The defendant served his jail time and we worked with Mrs. Field with great care to craft a sentence that she supported to enable her son to get the help he needed. Very unfortunately, he refused to take advantage of the offered help," said Prosecutor Worthy.

Aaron Samir Akel has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder. * He was arraigned and remanded to jail today in 20th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is on May 19, 2021 before Judge David Turfe and the Preliminary Examination is on May 26, 2021 before Judge Mark Plawecki. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Dearborn Heights Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.