Arizona Man Out of Prison 2 Days Before Murdering Phoenix Teen

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Michael Adams

Michael Paul Adams has been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin on July 4, 2019. The 27-year-old Adams claimed he was bothered by the young man’s rap music.

Adams had been released from prison just two days before killing Elijah. He had been serving time for aggravated assault and other charges.

Adams’ is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. His next court date is currently scheduled for July 15, 2019.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has been urged to charge Adams with a hate crime. In response, the County Attorney’s Office issued a statement advising the public that “Arizona Revised Statutes do not include a criminal charge for hate crimes. Instead, ARS 13-701 provides an option for enhanced sentencing when sufficient evidence exists that a defendant committed a felony crime while motivated by either, bias towards the victim’s identity or the defendant’s perception of a victim’s identity in a group listed in ARS 41-1750 (3). Additionally, a defendant charged with First Degree Murder faces a sentence of either Natural Life in Prison or Death.”

“Adams stated rap music makes him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who listen to rap music. Adams further stated, people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community,” according to KTLA.

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10 Comments

  1. @Aric: The current story as written above isn’t the same story that originally appeared when the above comments were made. The story has since be rewritten and now isn’t full of holes as originally presented.

    The Oracle

  2. This murderer is a criminal “snowflake” and “he felt unsafe listening to rap music.” “because in the past he has been attacked by people (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who listen to rap music.”
    Probably in prison/ jail because he is a “snowflake and idiot”.
    So this psycho who was probably released due to over crowding in prisons and not checked by any competent psychiatrist and was just let go, to go on and murder some poor family’s beloved child.
    It can happen to anyone at any time. They truly walk among us.

    Answers to questions above as I see them;

    “The headline is not consistent or remotely addressed in the story.”
    Adams had been released from prison just two days before killing Elijah. There! Killing = murdering

    Q; “there’s so much missing to ” how did this guy get out of jail” I’m sure they’ll blame it on trump…”
    Ans; He had obviously done his time and was released.

    Q; “So this guy is on bail?
    W h a t”
    Ans; He is not out on bail, but bail has been set at One million, doubt this guy has a million bucks sitting around eh?

  3. there’s so much missing to ‘ how did this guy get out of jail ‘ I’m sure they’ll blame it on trump…

  4. I was disappointed in the article as well – and each article about this horrific event. Several of the headlines and nearly all of the content was terribly misleading. There are so many half truths and holes in all of the articles that they are better left unread.

  5. Yes I agree I am often confused on how they are writen, I try to understand out side of my own way of thinking and still it hard to grasp Maybe someones taking a toke during their breaks
    Or ?

  6. Not to be overly critical, but whoever wrote this story should really consider finishing kindergarten before attempting to write something else.
    The headline is not consistent or remotely addressed in the story. Outside of not liking rap music, why is this considered a hate crime? Who is urging The Maricopa county attorney that this should be tried as a hate crime?
    EPIC FAILURE!

    The Oracle

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