Uncle testifies at Michigan serial stabbing trial

By the Associated Press | May 9, 2012 | 2:35 PM EDT

FILE -- In a Nov. 12, 2010 file photo Elias Abuelazam listens to a witness speak during one of his preliminary hearings at the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich. Jurors will hear opening statements and testimony Tuesday May 8,2012, in Abuelazam's first murder trial stemming from a string of attacks that killed or injured more than a dozen people in the Flint area in summer 2010. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Ryan Garza/file)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The uncle of a serial stabbing suspect in Michigan says he doesn't see his nephew as a violent person.

Tony Sahwany testified Wednesday, the second day of trial for Elias Abuelazam (EE'-lee-us ah-BOOL'-ah-zahm), who is charged with fatally stabbing a 49-year-old man in Flint, Mich.

Prosecutors called Sahwany as a witness to explain how Abuelazam tried to leave the country in 2010 after 14 people were stabbed in the Flint area, five fatally.

Sahwany says he drove Abuelazam to the Detroit airport for a trip to Israel, his nephew's native country, because Abuelazam didn't want to work.

Sahwany says it doesn't "strike his mind" that Abuelazam is violent. He's on trial for the death of Arnold Minor and is separately charged with two more murders and six attempted murders.