Phoenix — An Arizona prosecutor stated a grand jury has returned an indictment charging a white man with first-degree homicide within the deadly stabbing of a black youth for taking part in rap music he stated he thought was threatening. Michael Adams faces fees within the July Four killing of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a comfort retailer in suburban Phoenix, Maricopa County Legal professional Invoice Montgomery stated Thursday.
In line with CBS affiliate KPHO, Elijah Al-Amin had stopped by a Circle Ok in Peoria within the early hours of July 4. Police stated the teenager was standing by a soda machine when Adams stabbed him within the again and slit his throat. Adams reportedly informed police he attacked the boy as a result of Elijah was listening to rap music.
At a press convention on Thursday, Montgomery didn’t immediately deal with claims by Adams’ lawyer that his consumer is mentally sick. He additionally did not touch upon how Adams’ launch from jail on a previous assault conviction was dealt with. The discharge occurred two days earlier than the comfort retailer stabbing.
Montgomery sought to make clear that Arizona doesn’t have a statute on hate crime, however famous stiffer penalties may be imposed at sentencing.
“Arizona has chosen to maintain it easy and easy for prosecutors to have the ability to convict somebody of getting dedicated a criminal offense after which are in a position to make use of proof of bias to extend the penalty,” Montgomery stated.
“What makes this offense so tragic is we had a 17-year-old who did completely nothing. As a father myself of a 16-year-old, I am unable to think about what this younger man’s household goes by way of and it’s a important loss to our neighborhood,” Montgomery stated.
Al-Amin’s mom, Serina Rides, stated her son was going to be a senior at Apollo Excessive College. She additionally stated he was in ROTC and needed to hitch the Marines. “The world actually missed out as a result of that man took my son’s life,” stated Rides.