Friday, August 08, 2008

UPDATE: Brandon McInerney pleads not guilty in the murder of Lawence King

It's not surprising that McInerney's defense attorney would advise him to plead not guilty. I have a feeling that some kind of plea bargain will be the end result in this case.

Advocate reports:
A 14-year-old Southern California boy has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his gay classmate. Brandon McInerney entered the plea in Ventura County Superior Court on Thursday. McInerney is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and a hate crime for the February 12 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Larry King at their junior high school in Oxnard. Defense attorney William Quest said in court that the charges are ''essentially a death sentence'' for McInerney, and wants the boy tried on the lesser charge of manslaughter. McInerney faces 51 years to life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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