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Testimony underway in Elias Abuelazam murder trial

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(05/08/12) - It was a full day of testimony in the first murder trial for Elias Abuelazam.

He's suspected in a series of spring and summertime stabbing attacks in Genesee County in 2010.

The victim in this case? Arnold Minor.

He died Aug. 2, 2010. He was attacked wand stabbed while walking on South Saginaw.

In his opening statements Tuesday morning, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton told jurors DNA would be a "powerful roadmap" in this case and that Minor's blood wad found on Abuelazam's shoes, jeans and SUV.

Abuelazam was arrested trying to board an international flight in Georgia.

His luggage was in Kentucky.

"We're going to start out in the morning (Wednesday) with state trooper Pat Young who went to Louisville and retrieved the luggage. Inside that luggage was the shoe and the jeans," Leyton says. "The noose is slowly tightening on the defendant."

"The evidence is speaking for itself. My brother's blood has no business in his possession," says Stephanie Ward, Minor's sister.

We have not heard from DNA experts yet.

At least one of Minor's family members were present for all of the court proceedings Tuesday.

They saw autopsy photos for the first time.  The pictures showed Minor's injuries up close and what appeared to be a look of shock on his face.

"I seen the fear and I can't get that fear out of my head. You know, what he went through that night," Ward says.

"We don't know yet why or what reason or what is his (Abuelazam's) feelings about this," says Minor's mother Elzora Minor.
"Why was he doing this?"

Abuelazam, wearing a dark suit and orange and red tie, appeared attentive and was smiling at times.

"The prosecutors have a burden. There's a lot of stuff floating out there. Some relevant. Some not," says Defense Attorney Brian Morley.

"He's confident. He's more spiritual, I think, at this point. He speaks a lot of faith," says Defense Attorney Ed Zeineh.

Some of the first witnesses called included police officers first on scene after Minor's attack and the doctor who performed his autopsy.

She says Minor was stabbed twice. Once in the stomach and once in the chest.

We also heard from two of Abuelazam's former co-workers at the Kingwater Market in Mt. Morris Township.

The daughter of one of them called in a crucial tip after seeing a sketch, of the suspect in several stabbing attacks, on the news. 

She also recognized an SUV, seen on TV, as one she says she saw parked outside that party store.

Testimony continues Wednesday.

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