The trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime is nearing its end, with the defense team for Brandon McInerney resting its case today (8/22).
McInerney is accused of the February, 2008 killing of Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School, in Oxnard.
Prosecutors tried to show that McInerney killed King because of white supremacist beliefs.
Defense lawyers concede the teen killed King. But, they contend McInerney wasn’t a supremacist, and committed the shooting because he was being sexually harassed by King, who was gay.
The case could end up in the hands of the jury in the next few days.
The trial has been taking place in Chatsworth, after being moved their by a Ventura County Superior Court judge in an effort to find a jury which wouldn’t be influenced by pretrial publicity.