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Prosecution rests in Elias Abuelazam trial

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(05/15/12) - The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of suspected serial stabber Elias Abuelazam.

He's on trial for the Aug. 2, 2010 murder of Arnold Minor in Flint.

There's been five days of testimony and nearly 50 witnesses.

Prosecutors say their strongest evidence is DNA, Minor's blood found on Abuelazam's shoe, jeans and inside of his SUV.

"Both Ms. Phillips and I were very careful in presenting the testimony so that the jury could see how meticulous law enforcement was in taking care of the evidence so that it would not get tainted, so there could just be no way to say there's anything inaccurate about the DNA evidence," says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Prosecutors say the most compelling witness was Shomari Williams. 

She was with Darwin Marshall, in Flint, early the morning he was murdered. It was about one week before Minor was.

She identified Elias Abuelazam as his attacker.

"I think she gave us a real glimpse of what live on the streets can be like in a city that can be very tough at times and tough on human beings," Leyton says.

Prosecutors also outlined six other attacks to establish a pattern on Abuelazam's part.

One of the last witnesses to testify Tuesday was a state police cell phone expert who put him in the vicinity of all of the victims.

"His cell phone records prove it," Leyton says.

"There's a lot of evidence about a lot of things and some evidence about Mr. Minor," says Defense Attorney Brian Morley.

"We got to make sure that the jury sees all of this. We're not here for any of these other matters. Somebody did something a lot of times in Flint.  We're not here for that. We're here for what happened on South Saginaw. I'm hoping that the jury will see and keep focused on that," Morley says.

The defense gets its turn to call witnesses Thursday morning.

Morley says he's meeting with a psychiatrist Wednesday morning and will determine if he will be called to testify.

It could be their only witness and the route they would take to use the insanity defense.

"Don't know yet. I'm preparing that. I'm prepared to go forward with that and in all likelihood it's gonna happen on Thursday," Morley says.

Prosecutors say, should the defense go with an insanity defense, they have three witnesses to show Abuelazam knew what he was doing.

The trial resumes Thursday.

If all goes as expected, the jury could be deliberating Friday.

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