Convicted Felon Murders Teen Because He Felt Threatened By Victim's Music

Michael Paul Adams stabbed 17-year-old Elijah El-Amin in the back over his music.

Peoria, AZ – A recently released prison inmate who brutally stabbed a teen to death in an unprovoked attack said he killed the boy because he felt threatened by the teen’s rap music.

Michael Paul Adams, 27, was released from a Yuma prison just two days before the July 4 attack, The Arizona Republic reported.

The fatal altercation occurred began in a Circle K parking lot at approximately 1:42 a.m., when Adams heard 17-year-old Elijah El-Amin playing rap music inside his vehicle, Newsweek reported.

Adams later said that the music made him feel “unsafe,” because he had previously been attacked by people who listen to the same genre of music, according to police.

The convicted felon further declared that people who listen to hip-hop music are a threat to the community as a whole, and that he needed to be “proactive rather than reactive” to ensure his own safety, according to court documents.

Adams said it was the music – not Al-Amin – that made him feel threatened.

Store security cameras showed the teen as he left his vehicle and walked into the store. Adams followed him into the business several seconds later.

The suspect wandered around the store for a moment, then lunged at the unsuspecting victim with a pocket knife.

He stabbed Al-Amin in the back, then slit his throat, according to court documents.

The teen managed to run out of the store, where he collapsed.

Police arrived at the scene and began administering CPR until medical personnel arrived and rushed the victim to a hospital.

Al-Amin died of his injures at 2:05 a.m.

Adams, whose hands and clothing were saturated with blood, was arrested near the Circle K store a short while later.

He is being held on a $1 million bond on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, and is due to appear before the court for a preliminary hearing on July 15.

Adams’ attorney, Jacie Cotterell, said that the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) was the entity responsible for the teen’s murder, and that Adams had been “set up for failure” when he was released from prison two days prior, The Arizona Republic reported.

Cotterell complained that Adams was left to live “on the street” after his release, and alleged DOC had not done enough to make sure Adams participated in mental health treatment service.

But DOC spokesperson Bill Lamoreaux argued that Adams was provided with a slew of contacts for community resources, including housing, welfare, and continuing care, and that the DOC didn’t have the power to force him to take advantage of those resources.

“He was no longer under the Department’s legal jurisdiction and the Department had no further legal authority over him,” Lamoreaux told The Arizona Republic.

He said that Adams was also “not designated seriously mentally ill” at the time of his release.

Cotterell acknowledged that Adams was “given resources,” but argued that the DOC should have also provided him with the “means to get those resources.”

Adams was previously convicted of a multitude of offenses, including disorderly conduct, theft, assault with a weapon, shoplifting, aggravated assault on a correctional employee, and marijuana possession.

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JBo
JBo

"The convicted felon further declared that people who listen to hip-hop music are a threat to the community as a whole..."

Ummm...no. The only danger to the community are people like you. Out two days and right back in on murder.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Maybe he should’ve asked the Circle K employees to ask the man to leave since he wasn’t feeling safe because of the music? Now doesn’t that sound totally irrational? Well now all you crybabies know what it sounds like to ask officers to leave because you all feel unsafe at a Starbucks. I bet if there were officers there, it wouldn’t have happened? And I’m guessing now that it was a white guy who did the killing, all types of protests will come out of it. You can never please these whiners!...

Ibizian
Ibizian

Always looking to pay the blame away from the actual responsible person. The DOC does not commit the murder. One individual is the cause of that death.

Is attorneys like this that give God lawyers a very bad name and image. I realize their job is to LEGALLY DEFEND the person in a court of law, that does not mean they are innocent! It only means that the accused gets legal representation to navigate the complex and sometimes ridiculous rules of law.. It does not mean to levy ridiculous accusations to shift blame..

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

A friend of mine, told me a friend of his, who did time in prison (I know it sounds cliche, but it's true) came out an extreme racist. A quick bit of research will tell you blacks populate prisons more than whites or Hispanics. Except CA, where they only have 6.5% black population the black prison population is still at 30%, but Latinos rule at 40%. So whites, who go to prison are immediately subjected to being a minority and treated as such. This doesn't mean what he did was right, but it does explain WHY he did it. Because of this upside down racial makeup I feel segregation in prison would be a good idea. It's not new. CA did it for decades.

All American
All American

Don't waste any more $$ on this POS!!! Eye for an eye! Give him the same death he gave that poor boy

The express
The express

This sick F should be put down.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I must admit the sound of rap "music" is enough to turn even the most sane person crazy. How this style of music ever became popular is baffling.

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom

Blame the system. This pos has a pretty significant list of felonies that were committed prior to this murder. He’s brain damaged and will NEVER change no matter how much help he gets. Euthanize him... but make it painful.

186
186

Rap Music non stop Justifiable Homicide

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Crazy whiskey tango.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

As a retired LEO i can tell you this guy committed a crime and should have to pay to the upmost but i think what a lot of people are trying to say is everyone thinks its ok for people that don't like trump to threaten i small teenageer just because he or shes wearing a MAGA hat and then think its ok because they just tell everyone they don't feel safe like people are doing to our police officers around them is where you should feel the safest and the ones that say they don't are looking for a minute of the spot light what im trying to say is this world were in is getting more screwed up every day and its going to come to a head sooner or later. Now the guy that did this had some screws loose but as violent as rap music can get no wonder he felt threated i feel threated when im around it but it doesn't make what he did right but the way all the racism is being pushed down peoples throats i think you might start seeing more of this from crazy racist people and before everyone gets all upset this is just my opinion folks we all have one wrong or right but life is to short to get mad over other people's opinions

Milocd
Milocd

May the poor soul RIP only 17 years old! That’s a dam shame. Just because the dude didn’t like the music 🎶. Than he should have left the store! Simple! If the guy was freaked out, he should have left the situation. The DOC’S responsibility! Give me a break!

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

They can't say that he was able to become a Citizen and live a normal life. He had to show signs of his anger in prison! He did when he Assaulted a Officer in the first time. They know who's going to be a danger and some time's there's nothing they can do except maybe tell Law Enforcement and they could try to watch them. Well that can't work because we wouldn't have enough people to watch all of them!

Blacknoncriminal
Blacknoncriminal

I didn't see the word thug,but I did see people making it a problem because he didn't have resources available. I mean shouldn't he pick himself up by his own bootstraps? I have heard that phrase used for others. Stop trying to justify it because of his possible experience in prison. It doesn't work for others. It will not excuse him. He is very much sane, he is just grasping at straws for some excuse no matter how flimsy. He is a thug, no question about it. Lock him up and throw away the key. This is an animal, who needs to be treated as such.

question evrything
question evrything

Adams was provided with a slew of contacts for community resources, including housing, welfare, and continuing care, and that the DOC didn’t have the power to force him to take advantage of those resources.

community resources= homeless shelters, soup kitchens, programs that take 6 months to a year to get in to, and you call that resources!