GENESEE COUNTY — Serial killer Elias Abuelazam was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the Aug. 2, 2010 murder of Arnold Minor, 49, of Flint, according to a press release issued Monday by Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.
Blood found on the shoelace of tennis shoes belonging to Abuelazam was key among DNA evidence that helped convict him.
State forensics experts identified the blood on the shoelaces as belonging to Frank L. Kellybrew, 60, who was found dead on Miller Road near Lennon Road in the early morning hours of July 30, 2010. He lived nearby at the Home Town Inn.
Flint Township police sergeant Randy Kimes played an instrumental role in a multijurisdiction investigation leading to Abuelazam’s arrest at an Atlanta airport minutes before he boarded a plane to return to his native Israel on August 2010.
Abuelazam is suspected of a three-state stabbing spree that in Flint and surrounding communities left five men dead and nine others seriously injured. He is also a suspect in similar stabbings in Virginia and Ohio that left four others wounded, according to Leyton’s office.
Abuelazam was found guilty of first degree murder last month after a three-week trial for the stabbing death of Minor, who was found by Flint police with two wounds to his chest and stomach, laying on South Saginaw Street near 12th Street.
“This man targeted our community,” Leyton said to Circuit Court Judge Judith Fullerton at the sentencing. “He murdered our citizens; he slashed our people; he maimed our friends.
“I hope and pray that the sentence you must impose will provide some closure for the family of Arnold Minor, the family of Frank Kellybrew, the family of Darwin Marshall and all of the surviving victims,” Leyton said.
Altogether, Leyton charged Abuelazam with three murders and six assault with intent to murder, one count of malicious destruction of property, two counts of resisting and obstructing an officer causing injury and three counts of resisting and obstructing an officer. Those cases remain pending on the court docket. — Rhonda Sanders