Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate, in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime.
Two days of closing arguments by the prosecution, and defense wrapped up just before noon Friday (8/26) in the trial of Brandon McInerney. Deliberations began after lunch, and ended around 4:15 when the nine woman, three man jury was sent home for the weekend. They’ll resume Monday morning.
The 17-year-old is accused of first degree murder, with a hate crime allegation for the February, 2008 killing of fellow E.O. Green Junior High School student Larry King.
The prosecution contended McInerney followed white supremacist beliefs, and killed King because he was gay.
The defense argued that King sexually harassed McInerney, leading to the killing, and is seeking a manslaughter conviction, which carries a lesser potential sentence than first degree murder.