Lawrence King’s Teen Killer Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

Brandon McInerney, the 14-year-old teen who shot his classmate Lawrence King in February because King was gay, has been ruled fit for trial. McInerney is being tried as an adult despite many calls to try him as a juvenile, including requests from a coalition of gay groups.

McinerneyVentura County Star: “Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kevin McGee made the ruling after the teen was evaluated by a psychiatrist and a psychologist to determine whether he can understand the nature of the criminal proceedings and assist his lawyers in his defense. McInerney is being tried as an adult. His lawyer, Scott S. Wippert with the law office of United Defense Group in Studio City, said there were no mental issues regarding his client. ‘We were mainly concerned with whether or not he was developmentally mature to be tried as an adult,’ Wippert said. ‘Just because someone raises an issue of competency doesn’t always mean that it relates to mental deficiencies. We were concerned whether he is competent or not. Obviously, we’re not psychologists.’ Wippert said it was necessary to gauge McInerney’s maturity to make sure the teen understands the criminal proceedings against him.”

Criminal proceedings against McInerney have been reinstated.

“Wippert filed legal motions for discovery asking the court to order the district attorney to provide records, documents and other information the office has about this case. In addition, defense attorneys are asking for a list of cases since March 2000 of minors who committed crimes when they were juveniles and had their cases transferred to the adult criminal justice system. Wippert said he wants to know the filing practices and standards used in determining whether a minor should be tried as an adult. He said he wants to uncover whether prosecutors “exercised any discretion at all” in sending McInerney’s case to the adult court system.”

McInerney has pleaded not guilty to the charges of premeditated murder and a hate crime. In October it was reported that McInerney’s bedroom contained a “trove” of white supremacist materials.


  1. HappyCat says

    The death of Lawernce King hurts every time I hear the name. Reality Sucks sometimes. I still don’t get why trying McInenerney as an adult solves anything. This whole situation is sad. The reason for Murder is something I can’t grasp. The only thing good that could come out of this is finding out What in McInerney’s upbringing pushed him to take another person’s life. And hopefully prevent more Murders of this nature in the future from happening.

  2. says

    And where would a 14 year old get white supremacist materials? Whoever gave them or sent them to him is at the very least partially culpable… not to mention the owner of the gun.

    I think he should be tried as a juvenile, because that’s what he is. That said, I hardly think locking him up until he’s 18 and then releasing him would be at all just, given the horrific nature of his crime. He may still be a kid, but at 14 I would never have even considered murdering anyone… and I had plenty of reason to consider it.

  3. DJ says

    You people are so clueless.This stupid snotball “Murdered” another person,minor or not he “Murdered” another human being and the motive was driven by HATE.This little shit should be locked away in prison for the rest of his life.PERIOD!!!

    If you wanna go down the road of holding anyone else responsible,point the finger in the direction of his parents.To be fair,if he suffers prison then so should his parents.If he were my son or even just a relative of the family Id punish him myself.And I dont mean a traditional grounding or spanking,NO.This son of a bitch would be in for the beating of his life then Id take his bratty ass to prison myself.People need to stop letting these bastard kids get away with shit,thats why so many kids are fucked up and disrespectful,this jackass is no exception

  4. Sammy says

    I suggest none of you go to law school. You cannot on one hand argue that he should be tried as a juvenile but then bemoan that he would only serve until he is 18 as that being unjust. If he is tried as a juvenile, implicitly the law says that he is not fully culpable because of an incapacity to understand his crime and so why would you want someone who is incapable of understanding his crime to serve his entire life in prison? And then some of you argue that he should be tried as an adult because he knows better and should be locked away forever, but then also argue that his parents are to blame and should be punished. Which is it? If his parents had influence and should be held responsible, then why should he be tried as an adult? You cannot have it both ways.

    I personally think the court probably closely examined his maturity level and his ability to rationalize his behavior and determined he was culpable for his actions on the same level you and I would be. So he is being tried as an adult, as he should be in those cases. I personally do not accept that anyone at 14 has the maturity level of ability to rationalize his behavior as someone who is over the age of 18. It’s obviously a case-by-case situation, but the law draws lines in the sand and I think it’s rare a 14 year old meets the burden of passing the test. I think he should be punished as a child would be and his parents should anticipate a civil suit for negligence for at the very least breaching their duty as parents for having allowed their child to get access to a weapon. The greatest injustice in trying him as an adult is not that he will be punished like one but that his parents will escape any liability for their actions, or inaction.

    Nothing good comes out of this no matter which way you decide it. But there are legitimate reasons outside of emotional responses that courts determine culpability and simply assuming that he should or should not be tried as an adult and then arguing the very reasons against the positions you clearly hold is very illogical.

  5. says

    This is a terrible grief. Two children’s lives destroyed — one in an instant, one over many years.

    May Lawrence King rest in peace. And may Brian Brandon McInerney someday find it in this blood-hungry culture.

  6. Ugh says

    I think people tend to underestimate 14-year-olds and overestimate adults. Young people today and increasingly more and more savvy. They may not yet be fully emotionally mature, but let’s not pretend that normal kids don’t realize that planning and executing a murder in school over a perceived insult is exceedingly wrong and abhorrent. I have met plenty of 14-year-olds that I would trust with more responsibility than a lot of dumbass 20-year-olds. Age is a number and nothing else, and while the standard of 18 years is applied as a general rule, I see absolutely nothing wrong in amending that standard for special cases, such as this instance. If the shrinks say he’s competent, then that’s good enough for me. It doesn’t exactly take much to realize that A, killing is wrong, B, killing is permanent, and C, people who kill others go to jail for a long time. If he met those criteria and still decided to go ahead with his plan, well…I think that pretty much shows you all you need to know.

    This little shit is obviously extremely twisted, regardless of the who/why/how it came to be. So he had a shitty childhood – boo fucking hoo. A lot of kids do (I certainly did), but few execute their classmates at point-blank range over nothing. You can blame the parents for being shitty parents, but unless they put a gun in his hand and told him “Go shoot that fag,” I fail to see how they would be culpable for this crime or how their behavior should somehow result in leniency for this little sociopath. Everyone saying “just put him in therapy until he’s 18″ needs to get a fucking clue.