Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27, entered the plea during his arraignment in DuPage County Court Friday morning.
Bassaly was charged with first-degree murder the same day his mother died of a gunshot wound to the head while sitting in a car in the parking lot of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church on 79th Street in Burr Ridge. Bassaly called Burr Ridge police just after 1 a.m. Aug. 29 saying he had shot his mother.
During the 911 call, which was played during Bassaly’s bond hearing Aug. 30, Bassaly said “I shot my mom. I shot her in the brain.”
He reportedly later told police that his mother asked him to shoot her.
Bassaly, who is being held without bond, was under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security at the time of the shooting for allegedly filing false asylum papers on behalf of people seeking asylum from Egypt.
A member of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox told The Doings Aug. 29 that Bassaly had been helping members of the church with paperwork needed to gain legal status in the United States. He had reportedly falsely identified himself as an attorney.
Bassaly is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing Oct. 18.