A white man charged with fatally stabbing a black teenager at a convenience store because he felt threatened by his rap music says he is mentally ill.
Peoria police arrested 27-year-old Michael Adams on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Al-Amin, who was stabbed in his throat and back inside the store on July 4.
Early Thursday morning around 1:30 a.m., Elijah Al-Amin, a black teenager, listening to rap music in his car outside the Circle K. Surveillance footage showed Adams, a white male, following Al-Amin when he went inside the Circle K and lunging at him, Phoenix New Times reported.
Police reports indicated that Al-Amin was stabbed in the right side of his neck in front of a soda machine inside the Circle K. He was found lying face down by the fuel pumps outside the store and died an hour after arriving at a nearby hospital, AZ Family reported.
Adams is being held on $1 million bond. He had been freed July 2 after serving a 13-month sentence for aggravated assault.