1st trial to open in 2010 Mich. stabbing spree

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DNA will be crucial evidence in the first trial related to a series of stabbings that killed five people in Michigan and injured many more in summer 2010.

Jury selection starts Tuesday in the trial of Elias Abuelazam, a native of Israel who is charged with killing a 49-year-old man in Flint. Prosecutors say Arnold Minor's DNA was in dried blood found in the suspect's Chevy Blazer and in his luggage.

Defense attorney Brian Morley says DNA will be "tough" evidence to overcome.

The 35-year-old Abuelazam is charged with three murders and six
attempted murders in the Flint area, although authorities believe he's responsible for as many as 14 stabbings, 60 miles north of Detroit.

Victims say Abuelazam would ask for help with his SUV and then
stab them.

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