Jurors in Flint, Michigan deliberated less one hour before reaching a guilty verdict in the first murder trial for Elias Abuelazam, accused of a horrific stabbing spree in the summer of 2010. Abuelazam is believed to have targeted at least 18 men in three state, including five fatal stabbings. All but one of the victims were Black or dark skinned men.
Abuelazam, 35, faced a first degree murder charge in the Aug. 2, 2010, stabbing death of Arnold Minor, 49. Today is just two days shy of the two-year anniversary of the first alleged attack, although Abuelazam is not charged in the case. David Motley, 31, died from stab wounds suffered on May, 24, 2010.
Prosecutors say Abuelazam went on to attack 13 others, including four fatally. Jurors also heard testimony from four of the surviving victims who identified Abuelazam as his attacker.The survivors talked about how Abuelazam asked for directions or help with his vehicle before attacking them.
Abuelazam is suspected in a high-profile series of stabbings in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio in the summer of 2010. He was arrested 12 August 2010 at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport as he tried to board a plane bound for his native country of Israel. Abuelazam was traveling on an expired Israeli passport and was later identified as an Israeli Arab citizen who lived near Flint.
The stabbings and murders of Black men around Flint initially "drew little attention", reported the AP. Residents slammed the Flint Police Department, Genessee County Sheriff and Michigan State Police for taking up to three months to link the attacks ... and not warning them that a serial killer was on the loose. One 17-year-old stabbing victim says police "never" questioned him the night he was attacked and "waited days" to ask any questions.
The Justice Department and FBI tried to determine if the stabbings were racially motivated but could not prove so. Abuelazam faces life in prison without parole.
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