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Brandon McInerney to Be Retried for Murder; Hate Crime Dropped

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Brandon McInerney will be tried for the murder of his gay classmate Lawrence King, prosecutors announced today. McInerney will again be tried as an adult, the AP reports:

The decision was announced Wednesday in Ventura County Superior Court and Judge Charles Campbell set a Nov. 21 trial date for defendant Brandon McInerney. Campbell declared a mistrial last month after jurors couldn't agree on the degree of McInerney's guilt for killing 15-year-old Larry King. McInerney was 14 at the time of the shooting in a classroom at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox says McInerney will be tried again as an adult."

The hate crime charge has been dropped.

A group of jurors in the mistrial told Nightline in an interview aired last night that they believed McInerney should never have been tried as an adult. None of those interviewed were convinced it was a hate crime.


'Nightline' on the Lawrence King - Brandon McInerney Case: VIDEO

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Nightline covers the murder case of Lawrence King and the trial of Brandon McInerney. The jury and McInerney's mother speak to Juju Chang in Nightline's Crime and Punishment series.

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Brandon McInerney Trial Jurors Speak Out About the Mistrial: VIDEO

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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."

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Brandon McInerney's Team Speaks About the Mistrial: VIDEO

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L.A.'s local news station KTLA heard from Brandon McInerney's team after the jury was unable to reach a verdict in his murder trial, leading to the shocking mistrial we reported on yesterday.

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Lawrence King Murder Discussed on HLN as Jury Continues Deliberations in Trial of His Killer: VIDEO

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The jury in the Brandon McInerney trial adjourned yesterday after two hours of discussion without returning a verdict, the Ventura County Star reports:

One of the jurors is a college student who starts classes this afternoon, so Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell is allowing the jury to work around her schedule. They also will deliberate for only two hours Wednesday if no verdict has been reached by then.

On Headline News yesterday, attorney Lisa Bloom, Advocate editor Neal Broverman, and Judy Shepard joined Chris Jacobs to talk about the "gay panic" defense, the atmosphere in the courtroom, and anti-LGBT hate crimes.

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Jury Deliberations Continue Today in Brandon McInerney Trial

The jury got the case on Friday, and more deliberations are expected today, the AP notes:

Kingmcinerney "Jurors began their discussions on Friday to determine whether 17-year-old Brandon McInerney is guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. The panel is expected to deliberate for only a couple of hours because a juror has a prior commitment...McInerney has pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and a hate crime. If convicted, he faces more than 50 years in prison. Jurors also can consider a conviction of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum 21-year term."

I'll post as soon as we get any news about a decision.


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