DA: Lawrence King Killing ‘a Premeditated Execution-Style Murder’

New documents containing the strongest official language we have yet heard in the Lawrence King case were filed by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office in response to an appeal by teen killer Brandon McInerney’s attorneys which said that prosecutors had “abused their discretion by charging him as an adult,” the AP reports:

Mcinerney“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. McInerney 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.”

KingIn January, McInerney’s attorney said the Ventura County district attorney’s office abused its power by failing to adequately weigh rising tensions between the two boys that came after King declared himself gay and was reportedly overt in his attempts to win McInerney’s romantic affection, and other factors including McInerney’s youth and his difficult upbringing. “Someone like Brandon, who was barely 14 and had no juvenile record, should have gone before a juvenile judge, who would look at certain factors to determine whether he is suitable for rehabilitation,” Wippert said. “But the D.A. is saying, ‘I don’t have to explain myself to anyone.’ That’s too much power. We as a community should be able to make sure what they are doing is right.”

A coalition of gay groups including Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Equality California, Gay Straight Alliance Network, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, have urged the court that McInerney be tried as a juvenile.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Lawrence King’s murder. A vigil is being held tomorrow in King’s memory in Ventura, California.

Defense Calls For Juvenile Trial For Lawrence King’s Killer [tr]


  1. Ugh says

    Yeah, this seems exceedingly obvious people. It was just a youthful indiscretion! I’m sure we all assassinated a couple kids point-blank back in the day.

    Um, no. We all knew at 14 that it was wrong to kill people. This little shit knew it too, and he chose not care. Fry the fucker.

  2. Brian says

    Can someone explain to me why all of those gay rights groups want the kid tried as a juvenile instead of an adult? This was obviously a hate crime and I have no pity for McInerney. It’s hard enough to get through those teenage years as a gay person without having to worry about being murdered for being different or developing a crush on the wrong person.

  3. Lucas says


    I think because he got the gun from his bigoted parents who taught him to be a dickhead before he had a chance to learn for himself what is right and wrong. I have little sympathy myself, but at 14, you are still very much a product of your parents. Trying him as adult eliminates any culpability on their part for how they have raised him. I’d rather see him tried as a juvenile and have them prosecuted however possible for raising someone to think like this kid thinks. Make an example out of them.

  4. CJ says

    At first I believed McInerney should have been prosecuted at a juvenile. However, the more facts that have become public regarding this case, the more it is apparent that McInerney very well knew what he was doing was wrong. The fact that he planned and executed this murder, all the while stating his intent, justifies thi brutal act as a premeditated murder. Attempting to gain sympathy for McInerney by painting a brutal upbringing is a pathetic defense attorney’s strategy in lessening the punishment. What about the brutality King experienced daily at the hands of McInerney and King’s fellow classmates? King did not kill anyone and then claim a “bully defense”. What if this had been a racially motivated hate crime? I highly doubt a defense attorney would bait sympathy by claiming a rough upbringing motivated the act, any reasonable judge would laugh such claims out of court.

    Finally, what the f*&k are gay rights groups doing by defending McInerney??? Again, the gay community seems to be tying the rope to hang itself. This year has been such a triumph for the LGBT community. First the absolutely horrible management of the No on Prop 8 campaign, the lack of outrage over numerous criminals receiving passes for hate crimes resulting in MURDER, Sam Adams sleeping with a barely legal teenager, and now this. Wow, we’re doing so well at handling our future.

  5. Marc Caldwell says

    Gay people have become Uncle Tom’s pandering to the massah in the hope of getting a bigger slice of the pie. Well, that hasn’t worked for blacks and it won’t work for GLBT people either.

    Bring back the days of militancy and then let’s see how much bullshit takes place.

    I’m not going to ask for my rights to be upheld, I’m going to demand them!

  6. Bob says

    I have to agree with everyone here so far … this kid is a homophobic murderer who knew what he did was wrong but didn’t give a shit. I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.

  7. KJ says

    No trying kids as adults. Change the age of majority if you wish, but the double standard is altogether wrong, no matter the circumstances. Too young to drink, too young to consent to sex, too young to sign a contract, too young to drive, too young to be tried as an adult.

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