Trial Begins for Teen Accused of Killing Gay Classmate
The following are excerpts from a story by KTLA-TV in Los Angeles:
“[Brandon] McInerney, 16, is facing murder and other charges in connection with the February 2008 fatal shooting of classmate Larry King, 15, in a class at E.O. Green School in Oxnard.
“Prosecutors allege McInerney made death threats against King, who dressed in a feminine manner and told friends he was gay.
“Last July, a judge found sufficient evidence for McInerney to stand trial in the case.
“Before issuing his ruling in Ventura County Superior Court, Judge Ken Riley outlined some key pieces of evidence and testimony in the case including that McInerney made death threats against King, and waited in the school’s computer lab before shooting king in the back of the head.
“Judge Riley also said that McInerney didn’t confront King in the hallway or on the playground, but waited for class to begin before shooting him twice.
“The judge called it ‘the cold blooded precision of an executioner’ and a premeditated hate crime.
“McInerney, who is being tried as an adult, faces as much as 53 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges.”
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