A Simi Valley Police detective took the stand as a prosecution witness to talk about white supremacy in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate.
Detective Dan Swanson told jurors in the Brandon McInerney trial about the history of the white supremancy movement, warning them first that much of the information he was sharing would be distasteful. Prosecutors are trying to show that McInerney was a believer in the white supremacy movement. He’s accused of killing classmate Larry King in 2008 at Oxnard’s E. O. Green Junior High School, in what prosecutors say was a hate crime, because King had told some classmates he was gay. Defense lawyers contend McInerney killed King because he was being sexually harassed.
The trial is now in its third week. It was moved from Ventura, to Los Angeles County to try and find a jury which wasn’t influenced by pretrial publicity.