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.