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, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan is telling jurors that DNA evidence and the opinions of mental health experts are grounds for convicting an Israeli immigrant of murder in the first trial from a series of 2010 stabbings.
David Leyton says Elias Abuelazam was not mentally ill at the time of the stabbings. He says the fatal attack on a 49-year-old man in Flint, Mich., took planning and trickery.
Jurors are hearing closing arguments Tuesday in Genesee County court, 60 miles north of Detroit.
Fourteen people were stabbed in and around Flint two summers ago, and five died. Abuelazam is charged in nine of those stabbings, including three deaths. He's charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio.
Defense lawyers say Abuelazam was insane and therefore not criminally responsible.
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