The Murder Of Larry King - Trial Starts Today
Brandon McInerney was a 14-year-old boy from a broken home when he gunned down a classmate in front of stunned students at a Ventura County middle school – all because that fellow student was gay. That was three years ago, now McInerney is about to stand trial for the murder of the 15 year old classmate Larry King.
McInerney (right) is just three months from his 18th birthday, legally an adult, however because of the severity of the crime he’s being tried as an adult anyway. If found guilty, he faces life behind bars.
The opening statements are due today in a San Fernando Valley courthouse, the judge recently changed the venues. The shooting and killing of little Larry King shocked America and the world, tears fell rom Ellen DeGeneres’ eyes as she told of the fatal crime on her TV chat show. It tore at the heart of the gay community.
Gay rights campaigner’s and advocates along with parents in King’s home town of Oxnard wondered how such a crime could happen. They were shocked that in the city that’s just 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles that school officials hadn't done more to stop the harassment and abuse toward Larry by students, including McInerney.
There had been conflict and rife between these two boys, both of whom seem to have suffered troubled upbringings. Perhaps such conflicts didn’t seem all that unusual for young boys, in their teenage years, it’s not unusual for adolescence angst. However, there were taunts, there was teasing and according to reports, there was on at least one occasion, a fight or scuffle between Larry King and McInerney, it’s also alleged that McInerney tried to round up and encourage others to beat up Larry.
What may have made this argument between bully and victim unusual was the simple fact that Larry King (above) displayed a good deal of strength and stood up for himself. Maybe not in the manor one would expect for a 15 year old, but stood up for himself nonetheless.Continued on the next page