Michael Adams, 27, has been arraigned on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin. The teen died from his wounds after his throat was slit at a Circle K store at around 1:42 a.m. in Peoria July 4. According to court records, Adams told police that he decided to kill the teen because he was playing rap music in his vehicle, which made him feel unsafe.
Adams admitted he was not provoked or threatened by the teen prior to the attack, but decided to be “proactive rather than reactive,” as he said people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community.
Adams’ attorney told the news that he suffers from mental illness and had been previously released from jail without medication. He said his client should be admitted to the hospital for treatment.
The suspect is currently being held on a $1 million bond.