Serial Stabbing Suspect To Face No Additional Trials

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Prosecutor says additional cases against Elias Abuelazam would be costly and unnecessary.

FILE - In thisw Aug. 13, 2010, file photo Elias Abuelazam, attends an extradition hearing in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)

FLINT -- A man charged in a series of stabbings in a Michigan city in 2010 will face no additional trials unless his first murder conviction is overturned on appeal.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says two murder cases and six attempted murder cases will be suspended against Elias Abuelazam. The action was disclosed Friday at a court in Flint.
Leyton says additional trials would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Abuelazam, a native of Israel, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after a first murder trial last spring.
People convicted of first-degree murder in Michigan are automatically entitled to an appeal. Abuelazam's is in the early stages.
Abuelazam defense attorney Ed Zeineh called the prosecutor's decision appropriate.
An attempted murder case is pending in Ohio.

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