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1 year later: No charges in Leesburg serial stabbings

Thursday - 8/11/2011, 10:44am  ET

Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

LEESBURG, Va. -- On the anniversary of the arrest of serial stabbing suspect Elias Abuelazam -- currently facing three murder charges for attacks in Michigan -- he remains uncharged for three non-fatal attacks that terrorized Leesburg.

"Charges will eventually be brought in Loudoun County," says Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman.

"Our concentration and our assistance is focused on assisting Michigan with their prosecutions, where there have been multiple homicides.

"Once their process is complete, we will move forward with our cases," Plowman says.

One of Abuelazam's attorneys in Michigan, Brian Morley, tells WTOP, "It's clearly not a very glamorous anniversary date."

Morley says mental health evaluations continue to determine whether his client can stand trial for three counts of murder and six counts of assault with intent to murder.

On Aug. 11, 2010 Abuelazam was arrested in an Atlanta airport, waiting to board a plane back to his native Israel.

In April, WTOP reported a court-ordered Michigan psychiatrist determined Abuelazam is not legally insane and is competent to stand trial. That report remains sealed.

Asked if he believes Abuelazam is sane, Morley says, "I'm not competent to make that determination. It's a good question, but it'd be a mistake for me to speculate on that."

Morley says he's never asked Abuelazam whether he considers himself sane.

Plowman would not comment on whether Abuelazam is still a suspect in the 2009 murder of Leesburg resident, Jammie Lane. After his arrest, Leesburg police chief Joseph Price said Abuelazam was being looked at in connection with the Lane murder.

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