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Jury selected in Michigan stabbings murder trial

Thursday, May 03, 2012
FILE - This undated file photo released by the Arlington, Va., County Police Department shows Elias Abuelazam. Abuelazam, an Israeli citizen suspected in 18 attacks in three U.S. states, including five fatal stabbings, was being extradited from the state of Georgia to Michigan on Thursday Aug. 26, 2010 to face charges in at least one of the assaults.

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Arlington, Va., County Police Department shows Elias Abuelazam. Abuelazam, an Israeli citizen suspected in 18 attacks in three U.S. states, including five fatal stabbings, was being extradited from the state of Georgia to Michigan on Thursday Aug. 26, 2010 to face charges in at least one of the assaults. (AP Photo/Arlington County Police Department, File)

A jury has been selected in the first Michigan murder trial for a man accused of a deadly series of stabbings.

After two days of screening candidates, lawyers and a judge returned to court Thursday and settled on 12 people and four alternates. Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the trial of Elias Abuelazam (E'-lee-us ah-BOOL'-ah-zahm).

The 35-year-old native of Israel is charged with killing Arnold Minor in summer 2010. He was the last stabbing victim before Abuelazam was captured at an Atlanta airport.

Fourteen people were stabbed in the Flint area two years ago. Abuelazam is charged with three murders and six attempted murders. He's also charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio, and suspected in similar attacks in Leesburg, Va.

Abuelazam's attorney might offer an insanity defense.

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