LOS ANGELES: A white man who killed a black teen in Arizona because he felt threatened by the victim’s rap music has been indicted for first-degree murder, authorities said Thursday. Michael Adams allegedly slit Elijah Al-Amin’s throat in an unprovoked attack at a convenience store in the town of Peoria, outside Phoenix, on July 4. He had been released from prison just two days earlier on another assault conviction. According to court documents, Adams, 27, told detectives that prior to the attack, he had observed the teen listening to rap music in the parking lot and felt threatened by the boy’s music. “Adams stated that rap music made him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people (blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans) who listen to rap music,“ according to the court documents. In an emotional news conference on Thursday, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery described the killing as senseless and said the teen had done nothing to warrant the attack that took his life. “What makes this offense so tragic,“ he said, fighting back tears, “is we have a 17-year-old who did absolutely nothing. “He was just there shopping,“ he added. Adams’s attorney told the judge… Read full this story
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