From the Detroit Free Press
A serial killer suspect, who allegedly went on a multistate stabbing spree, was arraigned on one charge of assault with intent to murder in Flint’s 68th District Court.
Elias Abuelazam, 33, is accused of stabbing 14 men in the Flint area, including five who died, and attacking four others in Virginia and Ohio. All of the attacks were on men and most were African American.
Abuelazam appeared for his arraignment via video from the jail. He was charged in one nonfatal attack in the Flint area and being held in the Genesee County Jail. Judge Nathaniel Perry III ordered he be held on no bond.
Abuelazam will be back in court Aug. 31 for a pretrial hearing.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said in court that more charges – including murder charges for the deaths of five Flint-area men – will be filed against Abuelazam.
“I believe he is not sick,” Leyton said of Abuelazam at a news conference after the hearing. “He is evil.”
Now he is innocent till proven guilty. It's the prosecutor's job, to prove cases beyond a reasonable doubt if there is probable cause. A key part of that is getting information. Here's the problem with Leyton.
While police and prosecutors in three jurisdictions publicly describe cooperation as they build cases against serial stabbing suspect Elias Abuelazam, WTOP has learned the top prosecutors in Flint, Michigan and Loudoun County have never talked to one another.
"You'd think they'd return my phone calls, especially since I have information that will help them," says frustrated Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman.
Plowman described leaving a detailed message for an assistant prosecutor, asking to talk directly with Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton.
He's still waiting.
"I know multi-jurisdictional cases are tough," says Plowman. "But I should be able to get my counterpart on the phone."
More than two weeks after police linked three August attacks of black men in Leesburg to a string of fatal stabbings in Flint, Mich., a spokesperson confirms Leyton has never spoken with Plowman, saying "I can't explain it."
After that story, they finally got in contact today. Finally. If this guy is guilty, the last thing needed is for someone to botch the case OJ style.