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DNA expert in Abuelazam trial: I was able to find a match.

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(05/10/12) - It's the evidence prosecutors say provides a "powerful roadmap" in the case.

Thursday, DNA evidence took center stage during testimony in the Elias Abuelazam murder trial in Genesee County.

He's charged with one count of open murder in the stabbing death of Arnold Minor in August of 2010.

Abuelazam is also suspected in a series of attacks around that same time.

In regards to connecting a known sample of Minor's blood to evidence samples analyzed, that is red-brown stains on Abuelazam's possessions, the state police DNA expert said she was able to find a match.

The most compelling numbers have to do with the probability of selecting, at random, an unrelated individual with a matching profile.

"In the Caucasian population, it's 1 in 9.7 quintillion. In the African American population it's 1 is 390.7 quadrillion and in the Hispanic population is 1 in 7.4 quintillion," says Kristin Schelling with the Michigan State Police Division of Forensic Science.

Schelling also testified to matches found from another murder victim, Frank Kellybrew in Flint Township a few days before Minor was murdered.

"I don't think the defendant can explain how their blood got on his shoe, in his car and on his blue jeans," says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

The next phase of testimony focuses on other stabbing victims and how the attacks were similar.

Prosecutors presented some late Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Allecia Wilson, with the Genesee County Medical Examiner's office, testified Kellybrew was stabbed twice. 

Once in the chest, injuring his heart and liver, and then once in the hand and wrist area which appeared to be defensive.

"He lost a lot of blood," Wilson says.

Flint Township Sgt. Randy Kimes testified there was a "large" and "very distinct" blood trail at the crime scene.

Friday, we expect to hear from a woman who was with a third murder victim, Darwin Marshall, when he was attacked in Flint the week before Minor was murdered.

In a previous court hearing, she identified Abuelazam as the man who attacked Marshall.

Late Thursday afternoon, Genesee County Medical Examiner Dr. Brian Hunter testified Marshall was stabbed once in the abdomen.

As testimony continues, we could hear from as many as six Mid-Michigan men who were stabbed and lived to tell about it.

Men who were stabbed in the summer of 2010.

Abuelazam is suspected in a series of attacks. He's charged in nine in Michigan.

Leyton indicated prosecutors want to call at least one Leesburg, Virginia victim.

Circuit Court Judge Judith Fullerton indicated she would think about it and give her decision soon.

Prosecutors would have liked to call a Toledo, Ohio victim as well, but he has since died.

Leyton says he passed away from cancer. His death was not related to his stabbing in 2010.

Leyton says he was in a coma following his attack, hadn't seen any media coverage and identified Abuelazam, out of a photo line-up, as his attacker.

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