Prosecutors Haven't Connected on Serial Stabbings

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    Top prosecutors building a case against a serial stabbing suspect in Michigan and Virginia said they are cooperating but have never actually talked.

    Elias Abuelazam is suspected in a string of 14 Michigan attacks, including five that were fatal, as well as three attacks in Virginia and one in Ohio. More than two weeks ago, police linked three attacks on black and Hispanic men in Leesburg, Va., with a string of stabbings in Flint, Mich.

    In Virginia, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman said he hasn't gotten a call back from David Leyton, the Genesee County prosecutor for Flint, Mich., WTOP-FM reported. A spokesman for Leyton said the Michigan prosecutor wasn't aware of any calls from Plowman.

    Genesee County prosecutor's spokesman John Potbury said not working together is unacceptable.

    Abuelazam is getting a psychological and physical assessment. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told The Flint Journal the suspect was to undergo the tests Friday.

    The 33-year-old Abuelazam spent Thursday night in jail following his extradition from Atlanta. He was arraigned on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder in a July attack. Leyton has said murder and other charges are expected.