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Serial killing suspect agrees to return to Michigan to face charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Elias Abuelazam is suspected of slashing victims in three states
  • Five of the victims died
  • He was arrested Wednesday night in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Serial killing suspect Elias Abuelazam agreed in an Atlanta court Friday to be sent back to Michigan to face murder charges.

Abuelazam is suspected of slashing victims in three states, killing five of them.

The suspect agreed to waive an extradition hearing, a court proceeding in which Michigan would have made its case on why he should be returned and Abuelazam could have argued why he should not be sent there.

The towering suspect, dressed in a black jail jumpsuit, seemed confused as to what the hearing was about and what his options were.

At one point he asked Fulton County Superior Court Magistrate Judge Richard Hicks what extradition means.

Michigan authorities have 15 working days to pick up Abuelazam and take him back.

He was arrested in Atlanta on Wednesday night as he prepared to take a flight out of the country.