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(Serina Rides via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prosecutor says a grand jury has returned an indictment charging a white man with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a black youth for playing rap music he said he thought was threatening.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Thursday Michael Adams faces charges in the July 4 killing of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix.

He did not directly address claims by Adams’ attorney that his client is mentally ill. He also didn’t comment on how Adams’ release from prison on a prior assault conviction was handled. The release occurred two days before the convenience store stabbing.

He sought to clarify that Arizona does not have a statute on hate crime, but noted stiffer penalties can be imposed at sentencing.

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2 thoughts on “White Man Indicted In Killing Of Black Teen Over Rap Music

  1. How many more black people will have to die before us black people finally admit that it’s never going to change and that our separation from white people is the only solution?

    Until black people get over their deeply ingrained subconscious need to have white people around, we will forever be tied to their hip.

  2. Good—now can he be CONVICTED/FOUND GUILTY/SENTENCED TO DEATH?
    I DOUBT IT–BLACK FOLKS LIVES DO NOT MATTER IN AMERYKAH!!!!!!!!!!

    My heart goes out to that young man’s family.
    Another parent has to bury their child–this should NOT BE.

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