Jury has verdict in Michigan serial stabbings case

ED WHITE Associated Press Published:

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an Israeli immigrant charged with murder in Michigan as part of a suspected three-state stabbing spree.

The verdict in the case against Elias Abuelazam (EE'-lee-us ah-BOOL'-ah-zahm) is to be read Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with the fatal stabbing of 49-year-old Arnold Minor.

An attorney for Abuelazam told jurors earlier that his client fits the profile of a paranoid schizophrenic and should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors say Abuelazam wasn't mentally ill at the time of the stabbings and should be held criminally responsible.

Fourteen people were stabbed in and around Flint two summers ago, and five died. Abuelazam is charged in nine of those stabbings, including three deaths. He's charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio.