No bond for suspected serial killer

Press conference held by Genesee County Prosecutor, David Leyton

He TMs back in Mid-Michigan, booked and spending Thursday night and many others at the Genesee county jail.

Suspected serial killer, Elias Abuelazam, arrived in Flint Thursday afternoon and was quickly arraigned in a Genesee County courtroom.

It was standing room only at the 68th District Court in Flint.

Several law enforcement agencies, Genesee County Commissioners, and some stabbing victims were all there, hoping to see the suspected serial killer for themselves.

Suspected serial killer Elias Abuelazam was stoic and without emotion Thursday as he answered questions by video from Genesee County Judge Nathaniel Perry III.

"You have the right of your guilt on this charge to be proved without a reasonable doubt, do you understand that sir? said Judge Perry. Yes," said suspected serial killer, Elias Abuelazam.

Abuelazam was arraigned in district court in Flint for assault with intent to commit murder.

The charge stemmed from an attack on July 27 involving victim Antwan Marshall.

Authorities say Abuelazam was kept from the courtroom for security reasons.

"This guy is 6 TM5, 280 pounds, and when I was talking to him today, he had a smirk on his face, and he is kind of a low key guy and you forget about all these violent acts," said Genesee County Sheriff, Robert Pickell.

Abuelazam is being held at the Genesee County Jail without bond because he already tried to flee the country to Israel.

"He is not a citizen of the United States. The court should do all it can to make sure he stands trial in Genesee County where he ran rampant, created havoc, and attacked innocent citizens," said Genesee County Prosecutor, David Leyton.

Some of the stabbing victims say they're convinced Abuelazam attacked them.

"Every night it replays in my head, it's scary, I feel he wasn't by himself, he stabbed me by himself, but I think he had help," said stabbing victim, Etwan Wilson.

"Why? Why would he want to kill somebody like that, why?" said stabbing victim, Richard Booker.

Defense Attorney Brian Morley says he and Abuelazam have not discussed if he is guilty of stabbing 18 men, 14 of the attacks happened in Genesee County, five of the victims died.

"It's not that I TMm playing lawyer, and telling you I TMm not going to tell you what he said, ours was not a substantive discussion today, it was simply, here's what's going to happen," said Defense Attorney, Brian Morley.

Prosecutor David Leyton says he wants Abuelazam to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

"In my years as prosecutor, it has become clear to me that some people are without conscience, they have no medical, treatable psychiatric problem, they are just bad to the core," said Leyton.

Leyton says murder charges are coming pending crime lab results.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says he talked with Abuelazam when he was being processed.

He said he was hungry and hadn't eaten since 2 a.m.

He was also uncomfortable with all the cameras.

Pickell says he told him to get used to it.

Abuelazam is being held in solitary confinement at the Genesee County Jail.

His pre-trial is set for August 31 at the 68th District Court in Flint.