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Brandon McInerney's Brother Testifies Teen Killer Was Sexually Abused: VIDEO


In a second round of testimony in defense of his brother Brandon McInerney, who fatally shot his classmate Lawrence King in the head at their Oxnard school in February 2009, James Bing told the court that McInerney was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.

Kingmcinerney Bing's previous testimony had focused on physical abuse from the child's father.

Bing spoke with FOX 11 about his testimony, offering excuses for his brother's behavior:

"It kind of all balled up inside of him and then all of this stuff happened with this other boy's sexual advances and he was a young kid with all that going on. It was too much for him to handle. I just hope that the true evidence comes out about who my brother really is. He's not a monster. He's not a white supremacist."


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  1. His brother's not a monster, just a child-killer.

    Posted by: justme | Aug 4, 2011 7:18:37 PM

  2. How convenient. I don't buy this for a second.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 4, 2011 7:19:34 PM

  3. And again... this is simply a smokescreen for gay panic. However unfortunate it is, many, many people have suffered sexual abuse. It can never be construed as justification for murder.

    If the victim were a girl, would this conversation even be plausible?

    I refuse to accept that the idea of a gay advance is so wildly threatening that all reason is cast aside, no matter the age or history of the perpetrator.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Aug 4, 2011 7:19:46 PM

  4. Obviously, as is common knowledge, when you've been sexually abused as a child you're allowed to kill one queer kid of your choice. I mean, everybody knows that, right?

    With the killer's brother being this much of a disgusting lowlife, it's not exactly mystifying how the killer himself turned out to be one.

    Posted by: justme | Aug 4, 2011 7:23:47 PM

  5. If this defense works in court women should have the right to shoot any bastard who looks at them the wrong way.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Aug 4, 2011 7:24:18 PM

  6. Sorry, Bing, but your brother IS a murderer.

    I'm truly sorry for the horrors of his upbringing and the stresses he was under - but if every kid responded to such stress with murder, we'd all be dead within the year.

    MURDER is not an acceptable response to such stress. Such experiences at home, at school or on Mars are not legal defenses to the crime of cold-blooded and pre-meditated MURDER.

    Maybe your brother will enjoy prison more than he enjoyed home. I hope he's more accepting of gay sex than he seemed to be at school. There's a lot of it coming his way.

    Sorry, does it seem I have no sympathy for Brandon McInerny? That would be correct.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 4, 2011 7:25:24 PM

  7. When will the defense bring in the flying pigs? Oh wait, they just did...

    Posted by: Oliver | Aug 4, 2011 7:28:43 PM

  8. Right - not man enough to say I'm not interested but the only way to stop an unwanted advance is tell everyone you are going to the kill the person; then plan out bringing a gun to a place a person is and then purposefully sit behind them and shoot them they will stop making advances on you.

    And the men in prison will leave you alone too.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 4, 2011 7:29:24 PM

  9. Perhaps if Lawrence King's killer didn't want Lawrence King to fight back in the only way he knew how, then maybe Lawrence King's killer should have never attacked Lawrence King in the first place.

    Oh, wait -- that's right. Lawrence King was a queer kid, so that means he was asking to be attacked by daring to exist. And then he annoyed his killer -- instead of just taking his killer's abuse -- so, naturally, he had to be killed. Everybody knows that any queer kid who fights back has to be killed.

    Seriously -- is it really too much to ask this killer and his lowlife brother to think that it's possibly wrong for them to get to decide who lives and who dies?

    Posted by: justme | Aug 4, 2011 7:38:31 PM

  10. I believe the Menendez Brothers claimed their father raped them and made the older brother rape the younger .... and that sexual abuse did not stop them from going to prison for life.

    Let us pray that killing a classmate who is out and gay and never hurt you is not more socially acceptable than killing a father who raped you.

    Posted by: tony x | Aug 4, 2011 7:57:44 PM

  11. The victim appears to have been behaving in a very irresponsible and disrespectful manner. He should have realised that there would be repercussions. It is regrettable that he paid with his life, but it seems absurd to sentence the defendant to over 50 years in prison! What a waste of money.

    Posted by: Shane | Aug 4, 2011 8:10:47 PM

  12. Not a white SUPREMACIST. It's a narrow distinction the brother is making there because he is friends with the leader of a "white pride" group who he insists isn't a racist, just someone who wants to "preserve the white race." He introduced his younger brother to this man and they had discussions, which is why he's insisting on the point that his brother isn't a racist or white supremacist. Was Lawrence King Hispanic? That would certainly add another layer to the crime.

    White supremacy/white pride, tomato/tomahto. The sheets are the same.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Aug 4, 2011 8:12:22 PM

  13. They are pulling out all of the stops here by having his brother tell this whopper. I seriously doubt that there were actual sexual advances by King, maybe reactions against taunts. I have the nauseating feeling, though, that this will resonate with the jury, and this little killer will walk. While I don't think King was given proper guidance and may have actually sought attention, that is no excuse to shoot him in the back of the head.

    Posted by: prophet | Aug 4, 2011 8:16:47 PM


    Lawrence King was a light-skinned African-American.

    "White pride" is not like "gay pride" or the 1960s' "black pride," which were about oppressed peoples trying to find worth and dignity in their history. "White pride" is phrase that came from white supremacist groups who shouted it as they burned crosses.

    Brandon McInerney is a murderer. He deserves to be locked away until mental health professionals deem him fit to return to society.

    I don't believe that a child who commits murder should forfeit his whole life. This isn't the 19th Century. We have enough science to know that the adult brain isn't fully formed until one reaches one's early twenties. Other than vengeance, what good does it to lock him away for life?

    Posted by: Reason's Arrow | Aug 4, 2011 8:30:42 PM

  15. F this. Someone close to me who is me suffered physical abuse, mental abuse, and sexual abuse. I never got a gun and shot anyone.

    That said, I find it abhorrent that there's no way to prosecute the parents of the murderer.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 4, 2011 8:47:27 PM

  16. The prosecution's job is not easy here: the lawyers on both sides know perfectly well that most jurors are going to be very reluctant to convict a 15-year old of an offense that will send him to prison for life. The prosecution knows and the defense knows that the jury doesn't really have to believe the kid wasn't responsible, they just have to feel sorry enough for him that they go for second-degree murder or manslaughter.

    Logically, then, the defense lawyers are giving the jurors all kinds of possible justifications for agreeing on one of those lesser charges - they're just throwing these horror stories against the wall one after another like spaghetti to see which ones stick. In turn, it's the prosecutor's job to make objections and exclude these arguments whenever possible, but clearly the defense lawyers know where the invisible line is and they're not crossing it. Defense lawyers get a lot of discretion defending a minor on first-degree murder charge.

    Posted by: Sancho | Aug 4, 2011 8:56:46 PM

  17. What really pisses me off is the BS the reporter say at the end...about being he is charged with a hate crime he is to be tried as an adult. BULL!! In Maryland, a juvenile was charged with a hate crime in the beating of the transgender woman at the Mcdonalds, that person wa NOT charged as an adult! (I really wish towleroad did allow cursing in our posts, if you curse it won't post, talk about juvenile..what is up with that anyway? Is Andy a mormon or something?). It was the State's choice to put Brandon on trial as an adult, it has nothing to do with hate crime law that he is being charged as an adult, which I personally disagree with, but that is besides the point.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Aug 4, 2011 8:59:04 PM

  18. This kid's going to walk - scott free. Just watch.

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 4, 2011 9:10:12 PM

  19. @SHANE Did you just blame the victim for his murder?

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Aug 4, 2011 9:20:54 PM

  20. Apologists for cold-blooded murder are trying to set up a replay of the White Night Riots, when Dan White's "Twinkie Defense" prevailed. I hope the jurors in this case learn from history rather than repeat it. Premeditated murder is premeditated murder, no matter how hate mongers try to spin it.

    Posted by: Artie Rimbaud | Aug 4, 2011 9:23:24 PM

  21. @ Shane,

    Re your quote: "The victim appears to have been behaving in a very irresponsible and disrespectful manner. He should have realised that there would be repercussions."

    Fundamentalist Xtians (might you be one?) routinely behave in a very irresponsible and disrespectful manner toward LGBT people. Do you think there should be similar "repercussions"? How do you feel, Shane, about endangered species of big cats in the ecosystem? To put it another way:

    "Not enough lions, too many Christians."

    You thoughts, Shane?

    Posted by: Artie Rimbaud | Aug 4, 2011 9:31:12 PM

  22. "It is regrettable that he paid with his life, but it seems absurd to sentence the defendant to over 50 years in prison!"

    @Shane: Shooting someone in the head is not "regrettable." (Stubbing your toe is regrettable.) It is murder. And worrying about the fate of the murderer, and the potential cost of his imprisonment, rather than mourning the death of the, in your words, "irresponsible" and "disrespectful" victim is playing into the gay panic defense that no gay person should buy into.

    You, and the other apologists today who are somehow equating Larry's "behaviors" with cold-blooded murder, are playing right into the defense's propaganda, of questionable veracity, which is to paint the victim, a 15 year old boy whose family life was as troubled as his murderer's, as deserving of his fate. He wasn't.

    It wasn't Larry's fault that Brandon McInerney had a lousy life, and it wasn't Larry's job to pay for the sins of McInerney's family with his life. This blame the victim mentality has to stop.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 4, 2011 9:39:38 PM

  23. He's a liar and his brother is a murderer. They are both skin head trash. Let the sentence be harsh. Punish him to the fullest extent of the law.

    Posted by: Mk_Ultra_Again | Aug 4, 2011 10:10:29 PM

  24. A bunch of crows is called a MURDER. This is a bunch of crows...

    Posted by: benjamin | Aug 4, 2011 10:33:55 PM

  25. If this were true why are they not placing him up on the stand instead of his brother? Seems they do not want him cross examined and the only reason for that is because they know that this BS would totally be shown for what it is...BS. Tragic yes...excusable hell no!

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 4, 2011 10:40:35 PM

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