The prosecution contends that a first degree murder conviction is justified in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of fatally shooting a classmate, while a defense attorney says manslaughter is the reasonable verdict.
Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Brandon McInerney, who’s accused of the February, 2008 killing of Larry King, at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. In addition to the first degree murder charge, the now 17-year-old boy is facing a hate crime allegation, because King was gay, and prosecutor contend that was the key to the killing.
Prosecutors say McInerney believed in white supremacist concepts, and hated gays. The defense team says prosecution witnesses failed to show that was the case, and that McInerney killed King in reaction to being sexually harassed. Defense attorney Steve Wippert says the case is a tragedy to everyone who’s involved, but that it could have been prevented if the parents, and at the school had stepped up, and intervened.
It’s expected the defense team will wrap up its closing arguments on Friday, clearing the way for the case to go to the jury.