Jurors in the trial of a Ventura county teenager accused of killing a classmate in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime received jury instructions this afternoon, and are now expected to hear closing arguments in the case tomorrow morning.
Brandon McInerney has been on trial since early July for the February, 2008 slaying of Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School, in Oxnard.
Prosecutors charged the now 17 year old teen with first degree murder, with hate crime allegations. However, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell said this week the jury also has the option of a manslaughter conviction.
Prosecutors contend McInerney had white supremacist beliefs, which led to the killing.
King had told classmates he was gay, and wore feminine clothing and jewelry at times to school.
The defense team insists McInerney wasn’t a supremacist. They say the defendant was being sexually harassed by King, and that was what led to the killing.