PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on outrage over the killing of a black teen by a white man over the youth’s rap music (all times local):
County prosecutors in Phoenix say they have filed a direct complaint charging a white man who says he felt threatened by a black youth’s rap music with first-degree murder in the 17-year-old’s killing.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed the complaint Tuesday against 27-year-old Michael Adams, who is under arrest in the fatal stabbing Thursday of Elijah Al-Amin at a suburban convenience store.
The killing has sparked outrage nationwide, with people taking to Twitter with the hashtag: #JusticeForElijah.
Peoria police arrested Adams after they found him walking near the crime scene with a pocket knife and blood on his body.
Adams’ attorney says he is mentally ill.
Arizona statutes do not include a criminal charge for hate crimes, but there is enhanced sentencing for crimes motivated by bias.
Hundreds of people including a presidential candidate are speaking out on Twitter about the killing of a 17-year-old black youth at a suburban convenience store by a white man who said he was threatened by the boy’s rap music.