Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brandon McInerney pleads not guilty to all charges in the killing of Lawrence King

Brandon McInerney has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges in the killing of Lawrence (Larry) King. I don't know what to make of this case as it has dragged on and on through the court system. The murder of King occurred back in February of 2008 and McInerney's arraignment has been postponed repeatedly since. A judge in the case has scheduled a trial date for December 1st. However, lawyers involved with the case are doubtful that the trial will actually begin this year.

Ventura County Star reports:
Teen murder defendant Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the fatal shooting of classmate Larry King, 15, at an Oxnard school. McInerney, 15, who is being prosecuted as an adult, was accompanied by his attorneys in Ventura County Superior Court as he formally received the criminal charges against him. Ventura County Superior Court Superior Court Judge Bruce Young set a pretrial hearing for Oct. 23 and a trial date for Dec. 1.

McInerney is accused of murder and a hate crime in the killing of King, who wore female clothing to school and told classmates he was gay. Prosecutors allege McInerney waited 15 to 20 minutes in a classroom before shooting King, constituting grounds for adding the lying-in-wait charge. McInerney faces as much as 53 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges in adult court. Prosecutors have offered to agree to a sentence of 25 years to life if he pleads guilty to first-degree murder and the hate-crime allegation. Prosecutors allege McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, subscribed to a white-supremacist philosophy. READ MORE

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