Attorney: Man who killed teen over rap music is mentally ill

Michael Adams faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder for the alleged stabbing of a teen last week

Police say the teen was inside the store when the suspect, who had just been released from prison, came up and stabbed him in the neck.

Al-Amin was just two weeks away from turning 18, and had just gotten off work at Subway when 27-year-old Michael Adams walked up to him as he stood at the soda machine and slit his throat because he felt threatened by the rap music he was listening to in the parking lot outside.

However, court documents indicate Mr. Adams was disturbed by rap music the teen was listening to, telling police that type of music reminded him of times when he was attacked by people who listen to that genre.

Michael Paul Adams said he wanted to be "proactive rather than reactive" by killing Elijah Al-Amin. Surveillance footage captured the attack, after which the teen can be seen running from the store, bleeding profusely, before he collapses. Adams also said people who listen to rap music are a threat to the community, so he chose to be "proactive rather than reactive".

Activists and civil rights groups have used the hashtag #JusticeForElijah to demand hate crime charges against Adams. Al-Amin modified into as soon as pronounced slow decrease than half hour after he modified into as soon as stabbed.

He continued, "You took a helluva kid..."

The killing has ignited a national outcry, including comments from a Democratic presidential candidate who is calling for a federal investigation.

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"I understand what he did was awful", she said, according to the station. For some, the incident drew comparisons to the 2012 killing of Jordan Davis, who was shot at a gas station over an argument involving music coming from a vehicle carrying Davis and three other teens, in what became known as the "loud-music trial".

Numerous people commenting on Twitter said claims about Adams' mental illness should not be used to explain away what they believe was a hate crime. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wrote on Twitter on Monday evening. "The suspect then left the store on foot", the Peoria Police Department told PEOPLE.

Maricopa County prosecutors said that under Arizona law the stabbing could be considered a hate crime for sentencing purposes if Adams were convicted, which would be decided later. "It's not completely off the table", Sheffert said.

Before he was released, he was allegedly give contact details for community services, including "continuing care, housing, welfare", said Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder.

"My client is a very unfortunate young man".

"It's too easy as a society to shake our head and say well, they committed a crime, it's too bad, we have jails for that when really, what they need is treatment", Cotterell said during a court appearance, according to Fox 10. This is a racial issue, not a mental health issue.

However, the Arizona Department of Corrections said he wasn't designated a seriously mentally ill and released on an absolute discharge on July 2.

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