Insanity Defense Possible in Michigan Stabbings

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A man charged in a serial of fatal stabbings in Michigan will undergo two mental-health exams as his lawyers consider a possible insanity defense to murder charges.

Defense attorney Ed Zeineh says a Genesee County judge this week granted the request for evaluations of Elias Abuelazam.

Abuelazam is charged with three killings and six attempted killings in the Flint area and an attempted killing in Toledo, Ohio. He's also suspected in attacks in Leesburg, Va.

Zeineh says notice of an insanity defense has been filed to meet a legal deadline but says it's too early to know if that's an actual trial strategy.

Abuelazam's lawyers have asked that any trials be held outside Genesee County because of intense publicity. Judge Judith Fullerton says it's too early to decide.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    INSANE???? this guy methodically picked his victims, carried on a conversation with some of them before stabbing them, Insane? NO WAY! he knew what he was doing, he knew he got away with it and had multiple victims and he struck when nobody was around.NOT insane, he Planned every attack. And then when the heat got too hot, was planning on relocating. Try proving this man was insane, It aint gonna fly!
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