White man indicted in killing of black teen over rap music

A makeshift memorial for Elijah Al-Amin is set up at a local Circle K store for the death of the stabbing victim Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Peoria, Ari...

A makeshift memorial for Elijah Al-Amin is set up at a local Circle K store for the death of the stabbing victim Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Peoria, Ari...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff Office shows 27-year-old Michael Adams who has been arrested on suspicion of first-...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff Office shows 27-year-old Michael Adams who has been arrested on suspicion of first-...

This undated photo provided by Serina Rides shows her son Elijah Al-Amin. Hundreds of people including Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker s...

This undated photo provided by Serina Rides shows her son Elijah Al-Amin. Hundreds of people including Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker s...

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prosecutor says a grand jury has returned an indictment charging a white man with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a black youth for playing rap music he said he thought was threatening.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Thursday Michael Adams faces charges in the July 4 killing of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix.

He did not directly address claims by Adams' attorney that his client is mentally ill. He also didn't comment on how Adams' release from prison on a prior assault conviction was handled. The release occurred two days before the convenience store stabbing.

He sought to clarify that Arizona does not have a statute on hate crime, but noted stiffer penalties can be imposed at sentencing.