Hip-hop’s bizarre obsession with the Illuminati may be the main reason why a South Richmond, Va. resident is scheduled to go on trial for shooting his close friend at point-blank range.

On Thursday, (March 21) a Virgina circuit court denied bond and scheduled a two-day trial for 27-year-old Wafeeq Sabir El-Amin this coming June. According to Richmond’s Times-Dispatch, El-Amin shot his friend in the head on Dec 26, after the two spent the evening smoking marijuana. The police report revealed the bullet ricocheted off the victim’s hand sending bone and skin fragments into his eye. The victim was able to get hold of the gun and shoot El-Amin in the stomach before he ran off. The victim ultimately survived, and has not been charged.

The incident reportedly occured because El-Amin believed he had to sacrifice his friend in order to join the Illuminati, the secret society many believe rules the world through its elite members. Prosecutor Thomas L. Johnson quoted El Amin as saying, “You are my sacrifice,” before pulling the trigger on his friend. “It was the belief that a sacrifice had to occur in order to join the Illuminati that allegedly incited El-Amin,” Johnson said.

In court, Johsnon mentioned that the trial will delve into the hip-hop music culture and the dubious idea that the Illuminati has control over the success of some performers. A book about the role of the Illuminati in hip-hop music and a pound of marijuana was found in the defendants house.

El-Amin is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year.