Jury selection is underway in the trial of an Oxnard teen accused of shooting to death a classmate in what prosecutors call a hate crime.
Brandon McInerney is charged with the February, 2008 slaying of Larry King at E.O. Green Middle School, in Oxnard. Prosecutors charged the now 17-year-old teen accused of killing his classmate with first degree murder, and are trying him as an adult. The hate crime allegations stem from King’s admission to classmates he was gay, and the contention of prosecutors that it was a factor in the killing.
The trial was moved from Ventura to Santa Barbara, and then to Chatsworth by a judge seeking to get a jury pool untarnished by pretrial publicity. McInerney’s lawyers turned down a plea deal from prosecutors which called for the teen to plead guilty to a first degree murder charge, in exchange for a 25 years to life sentence.