Arizona Man Fatally Stabbed Teenager, Claiming Rap Music Made Him Feel Unsafe
The teen did not speak or make contact with the murder suspect before the fatal incident.
A white Arizona man confessed to killing a teenager at a convenience store because rap music made him feel unsafe.
According to The Arizona Republic, Adams told police he wasn't threatened by the teen. He was threatened by the music.
“That type of music makes him feel unsafe because he’s been attacked in the past by people who listen to rap music,” police said in a statement via Facebook.
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Authorities state the teen did not make any contact with the suspect prior to the stabbing.
Adams further claimed he had to be "proactive rather than reactive." So, he took out a pocket knife, slit the teen's throat and stabbed him in the back.
The teen then ran back to his car, collapsing near the gas pump. Police tried to administer CPR, but the victim was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced at 2:05 a.m.
Adams has an extensive criminal record. The suspect was convicted on a variety of charges including theft, shoplifting, marijuana violation, disorderly conduct, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault of a correctional employee.
Pix 11 reports the murder suspect has been charged on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond at the Maricopa County jail. He will appear in court on July 15.
Adams' defense is attempting to use their client's mental stability in the case. However, Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Corrections, told media in a statement Adams "was not designated seriously mentally ill.”
“The tragic death is terrible, and Mr. Adams will have to answer for his alleged actions,” he said in the statement.