Trial ordered for Israeli on attempted murder charge in US

November 13, 2010 02:23

Michigan — An Israeli man suspected in a three-state stabbing spree in the US was ordered to stand trial Friday on an attempted murder charge after a survivor of a midnight knife attack described how he desperately fought off his assailant, saying he "almost lost my life."

It's the first case to be sent to trial in the string of summer stabbings. Elias Abuelazam, who was captured while trying to flee to Israel, is charged with three murders and five attempted murders in the Flint area, an attempted murder in Ohio, and suspected in attacks in Virginia.

During a separate hearing, evidence was offered in another case, the death of Frank Kellybrew, whose slaying in July convinced police that a serial killer was likely on the loose, north of Detroit. A decision on whether there's probable cause for a first murder trial won't come until after prosecutors present more testimony, especially about DNA, on December 3.

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