Serial Stabbing Suspect Found Guilty
A man suspected of going on a serial stabbing spree in the summer of 2010, was found guilty today of first degree murder. Elias Abuelazam was convicted in the August 2010 death of 49-year-old Arnold Minor. Minor was stabbed late at night and was left to bleed to death.
Jurors came back with the decision just a few hours after closing arguments took place this morning. Defense attorneys for Abuelazam asked for him to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. In his closing argument, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said that Minor's stabbing was "planned, focused, done with care" according to the Detroit News.
The series of stabbings made national news in the summer of 2010. Abuelazam is believed to have attacked 13 other in the Genesee County area, killing four other men. He is also suspected in attacks that took place in Virginia where he had once lived, and faces charges in attacks in Toledo, Ohio.
Investigators said that Abuelazam would approach random victims late at night asking for directions or for help with his Chevy Blazer, and then attack them.
The 35-year-old Israel native who had only lived in Flint for a few months, now faces up to life in prison.