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Published May 17, 2012, 09:18 AM

Expert: Man in Michigan stabbings is schizophrenic

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A psychiatrist testifying for the defense says a man accused in a series of deadly stabbings in Michigan is a paranoid schizophrenic.

By: ED WHITE, Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A psychiatrist testifying for the defense says a man accused in a series of deadly stabbings in Michigan is a paranoid schizophrenic.

Dr. Norman Miller testified Thursday in the trial of Elias Abuelazam (EE'-lee-us ah-BOOL'-ah-zahm), an Israeli immigrant facing his first murder trial stemming from 14 stabbings in and around Flint two summers ago.

Miller says Abuelazam had "bizarre delusions" that "evil forces directed him to harm others."

The defense strategy is to show that Abuelazam was insane and not criminally responsible in the death of Arnold Minor in 2010.

Miller says Abuelazam attempted suicide in 1997 by stabbing himself in the neck.

Abuelazam is also charged with two other murders in the Flint area and six attempted murders. He's also charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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