A judge in Ventura County, California decided after three days of hearings that 15-year-old Brandon McInerney should stand trial, as an adult, for the murder of his classmate Lawrence King in February 2008:
"Summing up evidence from investigators, Ventura County Superior Court
Judge Ken Riley took note of McInerney's telling other students about
his intent to kill Larry King, a 15-year-old who wore makeup, earrings
and high heels to school…McInerney allegedly shot King twice in the head Feb. 12, 2008, as their
class sat in a computer lab at E.O. Green Junior High School. Barely 14
at the time of the crime, McInerney has been charged as an adult with
first-degree murder. On Wednesday, the judge said the charge was
appropriate, along with an allegation that it was a hate crime…During the hearing, an investigator testified
about an Oxnard man who allegedly was McInerney's neo-Nazi 'mentor.'
Simi Valley Police Det. Dan Swanson, an expert on white supremacists,
also pointed to McInerney's apparent interest in Nazi symbols,
including swastika-riddled drawings found in his possession. On Wednesday, the judge also agreed to a newly
added special circumstance that McInerney was lying in wait for King.
The shooting took place 15 or 20 minutes into class. King was shot from
McInerney faces 53 years to life if convicted, according to the prosecutor.
There is a plea deal offer on the table: "The Ventura County district attorney's office has offered him a 25-year
sentence in exchange for a guilty plea, but he has not accepted the
deal." McInerney's attorneys are apparently planning to appeal and have the case tried in juvenile court.