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Brandon McInerney Trial Jurors Speak Out About the Mistrial: VIDEO


Two jurors in the trial of Brandon McInerney, charged with the murder of gay teen Lawrence King, discuss the deliberations over the case, which ended in a mistrial.

Said Karen McElhaney: "I saw a very damaged young man. I saw I think he is a very intelligent young man and I think he would give anything to take that day back...Yes he knows right from wrong but he was only fourteen. His coping skills... 14-year-olds especially young men are not known for their good decision making...It's very emotional. A child died. Another one... his life is over basically. Let's face it. It's such a horrible thing, especially with all the evidence testimony, it could have been prevented thats the worst part."


Brandon McInerney Trial Jurors Talk about the Case:


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  1. It's a tragedy for both families?

    Brandon is still alive. Lawrence is not.

    How is that a tragedy for *both* families?

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 15, 2011 7:43:58 PM

  2. These two women are complicit of murder, in my opinion. I hope they never have to endure their child being murdered in cold blood by a homophobic racist.

    Posted by: Red | Sep 15, 2011 7:55:16 PM

  3. In California, 14 year olds are tried for serious felonies as adults. It doesn't matter if they are intelligent or from screwed up families. There's only one victim in this case- Larry King.

    Posted by: Mimsy | Sep 15, 2011 7:55:24 PM

  4. The first mistake was McInerney's, the second was the prosecutor's for trying a 14 year old as an adult.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 15, 2011 8:15:35 PM

  5. This is appalling. This 'very damaged and intelligent young man' shot another kid through the head. What part of murder do they not understand?

    They are complicit in a miscarriage of justice. They must have taken 'other factors' into consideration - like the fact that he was heterosexual and he shot a homosexual. That apparently just means he's damaged.

    I am astounded they would show their faces. Truly I am.

    Posted by: tarraraboomdeeya | Sep 15, 2011 8:18:38 PM

  6. @MIMSY Yes, in California a 14 year old can be tried as an adult, which is an absolute outrage. Among all democratic nations, only in the U.S. can a child be tried as an adult. This is a shame on the nation along with the death penalty. American justice is as right wing conservative as its policy on gay marriage. Just because the victim here is a gay kid doesn't change the fact that justice in the U.S. is consistently and unduly barbaric. I understand that if he were charged as a juvenile, he would be incarcerated until he was 25. For a crime committed at 14, that is a LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG time.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | Sep 15, 2011 8:24:47 PM

  7. They should never have tried a 14 year old as an adult. Until the day comes with 14 year olds are also legally allowed to quit school, drink beer, get married, join the military, drive, etc it is absolute BS that they can be considered an "adult" so that prosecutors can act tough on crime.

    This kid absolutely 100% murdered his classmate, no getting around that. This happens in neighborhoods like the one I grew up in every single week and it doesn't make headlines because its poor kids in bad schools.

    We need to ask ourselves what are we doing wrong as a nation, as adults, parents, teachers, etc. that kids are killing each other.

    @Red, those women aren't complicit in murder. We are all responsible for our own actions, not the actions of another.

    That said...we live in a culture where hate festers, where guns are accessible, where we are boxed in so tightly and rigidly that stress can snap a child in half. He had complained before that he had been molested and no one did anything. He was a loaded gun and the school system failed that dead student and it failed him.

    America is a depressed, unkind nation that lost its soul to corporatism and the placement of wealth above character. If we truly cared about our neighbor, our community, and "who" we become over what we own then both of those kids would have been in a loving, nurturing scholastic environment. They would have gotten help for their problems. They would have maybe even been friends.

    This is terrible sad and tragic that a child lost his life while the whole school and community fiddled.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 15, 2011 8:34:11 PM

  8. Did these jurors just admit that they voted not guilty because they believed the state shouldn't have tried McInerney as an adult??

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 15, 2011 8:35:56 PM

  9. why on earth did that stupid woman worry about the perp first rather than the victim ? She had far more sympathy for the guy who gunned down someone...
    good decision making ? He SHOT someone in the head...thats not the same thing as a 14 year old getting their ear pierced or a bad tatoo.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 15, 2011 8:48:06 PM

  10. "Another one... his life is over basically."

    This quote troubles me greatly. I'm sorry, but Brandon McInerney's life is not over by any means whatsoever. He may have a terrible life, but he's got a life. Lawrence King is dead and gone. End of story. Not one iota of life left.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Sep 15, 2011 8:49:06 PM

  11. It basically means that they bought the gay panic defense. Us gays are just so darn scaary.

    Posted by: lessthan | Sep 15, 2011 9:06:24 PM

  12. “In the end, nobody wins,” was what one of the jurors said, but it’s not about winning, it’s about JUSTICE, and what these jurors fail to understand is that for this kid to go scot free because they couldn’t come to a decision would be an injustice to King. What so many here keep tip toeing around is that if McInerney was a black 14 year-old male from an abusive, broken family, there wouldn’t be so much anguished debate as to who was responsible, and whether or not he should be sentenced as an adult. I would perhaps have a little more sympathy for his case if EVERY child who murders another person had so much debate, but that doesn’t happen. Minority children are labeled “animals” by some and no consideration whatsoever is given to their mental abilities or judgment. When all children, no matter their color or sexual orientation, are treated the same, we’ll finally have a bit of justice in this country.

    Posted by: Isaac | Sep 15, 2011 9:08:25 PM

  13. It's so touching really to see such concern for the defendant, but somehow I'm sure he'll pull through just fine. After all, he's got his whole life ahead of him, unlike the unfortunate dead child. I would not be surprised if he was chatting right now with the friends and having a good laugh about the turn of events.

    Posted by: Karl | Sep 15, 2011 9:18:37 PM

  14. @ RIN Amen.

    Posted by: DM | Sep 15, 2011 9:44:04 PM

  15. This whole "tried as an adult" idea is awful. If this is acceptable, then it also should be acceptable for a pedophile to defend himself by asserting that the child should be viewed as an adult.

    Posted by: galore | Sep 15, 2011 9:44:05 PM

  16. "it could have been prevented thats the worst part."

    What about the next one? When criminals are punished for their crimes, that is supposed to send a deterrent message to others who may contemplate committing the same crime. This guy is getting away with executing someone that made him uncomfortable. The next "intelligent young man" who looks to this case and thinks he can get a way with murder will have you ladies to thank.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 15, 2011 9:53:12 PM

  17. This was not an adolescent having problems with impulse control. This was premeditated murder. A 14 year old, unless he is mentally ill, knows what murder is. His sentencing could take into account his age and circumstances: but the facts remain. He murdered the other young man. Let's say that again. He murdered the other young man.

    Posted by: justinw | Sep 15, 2011 9:53:35 PM

  18. Had the murdered kid been white and "straight" (or rich), and the murderer been black, no doubt that there would have been a different outcome. Especially had the trial been conducted in Alabama. I don't agree that 14 year old kids should be tried as adults, but to end up with a mistrial after all the evidence that was presented is a travesty. These women, and all the jurors, were sworn to uphold the >law< not their sympathies.

    Posted by: David Bailey | Sep 15, 2011 10:05:28 PM

  19. I'm with Mimsy & Isaac on this. I think it is an outrage that jimsur212 thinks that 11 years (juvenile)incarceration is an adequate consequence for murdering someone.
    HE TOOK SOMEONE'S LIFE. An innocent child's life no less.

    If Brandon were not white this conversation would not even be happening.

    The message is loud and clear: kill a gay person of color and you will get away with it.

    Lawrence King is the victim here. It is NAUSEATING to listen to these harpies carry on about "little Brandon."

    Posted by: Rocco | Sep 15, 2011 10:15:54 PM

  20. "It's very emotional. A child died." He didn't just die, you ignoramus, he was MURDERED. Ugh, somebody pass me a 2x4.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 15, 2011 10:24:18 PM

  21. If McInerney had brutally executed a middle-aged white woman outside the Lifestyle Lift® clinic for blowing kisses at him these two would have voted to send him to death row and eagerly volunteered to administer the lethal injection.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Sep 15, 2011 10:38:12 PM

  22. Why bother with 2x4s? Then we're just bad evil people who want to destroy society... ;)

    What you wanna whack them with is a CLUEx4 >.>

    Posted by: Harold Schreckengost | Sep 15, 2011 11:04:55 PM

  23. Shame on these jurors. How did this become about the perpetrator, and not about the crime? The first job of the jury is to simply answer the question "did the defendant commit the crime", not "do you feel motherly toward the defendant".

    You know what else 14-year-olds are not known for? Killing their classmates. It happens, but it's pretty rare, and that's why it makes the news. 14-year-old boys know that killing their classmates is wrong. What the hell is wrong with these jurors? Do they think this publicity is going to help them?

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 15, 2011 11:05:28 PM

  24. this makes me so mad. "14 yr old males aren't known for their good decision making." what 14 yr old kid blows another kids brains out?

    "what are they going to accomplish by having another trial?" seriously?

    I need to get out of this country.

    Posted by: jj | Sep 15, 2011 11:14:56 PM

  25. you know, i've spent the last 2 hours or so poring over court documents and transcripts...and i'm not so sure i would've convicted brandon of first degree murder. definitely manslaughter, maybe 2nd degree.

    for me, this case is really not as black and white as a homphobic kid shooting a gay kid due to an instance of unwanted sexual advance (which i originally thought it was). i'll leave it at that since emotions seem to be running high righ now.

    Posted by: larson | Sep 15, 2011 11:27:52 PM

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