Trial in gay teen Lawrence King’s murder delayed

Associated Press

VENTURA, Calif. — A Ventura County judge has delayed the murder trial of a teenager charged with the classroom shooting death of a 15-year-old gay student.

Brandon McInerney’s trial had been tentatively set for March 15. The 16-year-old defendant, who is being tried as an adult, is charged with the Feb. 12, 2008, shooting death of Larry King at E.O. Green School in Oxnard.

The Ventura County Star says Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell on Monday set an April 4 hearing to determine if attorneys will be ready for trial on May 2. Defense lawyers want more information, including the release of the victim’s juvenile records.

McInerney is also charged with a hate crime because he allegedly had adopted white supremacist views and King professed to be gay. A police gang expert testified in a 2009 preliminary hearing that white supremacists consider gays enemies of the white race.

—  John Wright

Judge won’t be recused from Lawrence King murder trial

Associated Press

VENTURA, Calif. — A judge has denied a defense motion to disqualify a Ventura County judge from the trial of a middle school student accused of murdering a gay classmate.

Prosecutor Maeve Fox said Monday, Aug. 2 that San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Burke ruled against the recusal motion filed by lawyers for 16-year-old Brandon McInerney.

McInerney is charged with murdering 15-year-old Larry King in February 2008.

Defense attorney, Scott Wippert, argued that Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell wasn’t fair with his rulings that favored the prosecution.

Campbell filed his own declaration to deny that he’s prejudiced against the defendant.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but Fox said she has a scheduling conflict.

—  John Wright