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"Serial Stabber" Suspect Elias Abuelazam to Face Trial for Michigan Murder

Elias Abuelazam (AP Photo)

Elias Abuelazam escorted by authorities in Flint, Mich., Aug. 26, 2010 (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FLINT, Michigan (CBS/AP) Israeli man Elias Abuelazam, who is suspected in a three-state stabbing spree, has been ordered to stand trial for murder in Michigan.

District Court Judge John Conover ruled Friday there is enough evidence to try the 34-year-old for the July killing of Frank Kellybrew.

A state police scientist testified that Kellybrew's DNA matched dried blood found on Abuelazam's shoelaces, which were found in the suspect's luggage as he tried to flee to his native Israel in August.

Fourteen people were stabbed last summer in and around Flint, northwest of Detroit. Five victims died. Similar attacks were reported in Ohio and Virginia.

It was Kellybrew's death that convinced police a serial killer was likely on the loose. Abuelazam so far faces three murder and six attempted murder charges in Michigan, and an attempted murder charge in Ohio.

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  • Crimesider Staff

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