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DA says slain teen did not provoke stabbing

Posted at 10:12 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 15:14:13-04

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona prosecutor says a black youth killed last week "did nothing" to provoke a stabbing by a white man who thought the rap music he was playing was threatening.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery appeared to choke up Thursday when he talked to reporters about the July 4 killing of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix. Montgomery has noted he has a 16-year-old child.

He says Al-Amin "did nothing to warrant the brutal and senseless attack that took his life" while shopping in a Phoenix suburb.

Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Adams, who had been released two days before after serving a 13-month sentence for aggravated assault. A grand jury Wednesday indicted Adams on one count of first-degree murder.