DA says killing of gay student was execution

Posted on 12 Feb 2009 at 7:14pm
By Associated Press

Comments come in response to appeal of decision to try teen as an adult in murder of gay classmate

VENTURA, Calif. — Without saying a word, a teenage boy shot a 15-year-old gay classmate in the back, then delivered a "second, coup de grace" shot to the back of the boy’s head, prosecutors allege in new court documents.

The Ventura County district attorney’s office filed the documents in response to an appeal filed by defense attorneys for Brandon McInerney alleging that prosecutors had abused their discretion by charging him as an adult.

McInerney is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the February 2008 death of Larry King at E.O. Green School in Oxnard. King dressed in a feminine manner and told friends he was gay.

McInerny was 14 at the time of the shooting and turned 15 last month.

In the documents, prosecutors described the shooting of King as a premeditated execution-style murder carried out by a classmate who was a proponent of "racist skinhead philosophy."

Senior Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox said the facts of the case "speak volumes" for the decision to try McInerney in adult court.

The court documents also give details about the alleged contentious relationship between King and McInerney, the teasing by some classmates because of King’s effeminate demeanor and McInerney’s unheeded threat to kill King.

Information from: The Ventura County Star: www.venturacountystar.com

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