Three years ago this week, 15-year-old Lawrence King was allegedly shot to death by classmate Brandon McInerney (pictured, top), who had a problem with King’s gayness, given McInerney’s subscription to white power beliefs. And just a month before McInerney was finally going to face trial for the crime, yet another delay has been issued.
“I’m really shocked that the judge has allowed it to drag on for so long,” says Lawrence’s father Greg, who was in the courtroom yesterday with other members of the family, including his wife Kendra the fallen boy’s brother Rocky. “We are holding up the best we can. It’s something that we don’t have a lot of control over. It frustrates us. It tears on us emotionally. We’d like to see things finally get resolved so we can get some closure and justice for our son.”
The judge overseeing the case has continued to postpone the start of the trial as McInerney’s lawyers continue to argue for the release of Lawrence’s juvenile records, something they’ve been trying to do for years, as if that changes the facts of the case: classmates saw McInerney shoot Lawrence (pictured, right). McInerney has pleaded not guilty to killing the eighth grader in his English class.
You’ll recall Brenda and Greg King tried suing two dozen defendants, including the school district and a gay rights group, over the loss of their son — for nobody told little Lawrence he had the option to not be gay. Or at least not act so flamey. And really, that would’ve solved everything.