Ventura County D.A. Fights to Have Lawrence King’s Murderer Tried as an Adult

brandonmc“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.” [AP]

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  • cruiser

    I read something about this stry here I believe, and I don’t care what his Defense attorney says, it was a cold calculated execution simply because the kid dressed effeminitley(sp?)and was gay. Any where else this would be considered murder.

  • Jaroslaw

    Cruiser- while not excusing Brandon or murder; he is a child still, and influenced apparently a lot by society’s homophobic attitudes. In some ways, he’s a victim too.

    Frankly, re-reading your post, I’m not even sure what it is you don’t believe. You appear to be saying the defense attorney is excusing the murder because Lawrence dressed effeminately? That is not what I see in the story above.

  • Charles J. Mueller

    Oh shit. Here we go again. Another 100+ post thread.

  • Cee

    Lock him up and throw away the key. I believe in an eye for an eye. If it was up to me I’d put him under the jail, child or no child. When you kill someone they are not coming back. It’s fine to feel sympathy because he is a child, but he should not get off. I don’t understand this “second chance” BS we give people in the the United States. The person you killed does not get a second chance. Why should you?

  • Jaroslaw

    Cee – I totally hear you, the person you kill doesn’t get a second chance. And I’d probably agree, throw him under the jail if it was my relative he killed. However, unless you are prepared to fork over 3/4 of your paycheck, we simply cannot lock every violent criminal up for life which is what you seem to be advocating.

    There was a case in Chicago I believe several years ago where a 7 year old child pushed another child out of the window, 8th floor apt. building. That 7 year old should be locked up for life too? On one hand I say no, but on the other, unless the child was retarded, I certainly knew when I was 7 I couldn’t push people out the window!

  • Cee

    @ Jaroslaw, I don’t know the details of the case you are talking about to say what I think should happen to the 7 year old. All I know is at 7 years old I knew better than to do anything remotely that stupid. Sounds like a failure with the parents, who should probably be held accountable in that case.

  • Jaroslaw

    But are you advocating locking everyone up forever or not? :)

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