Friday, September 2, 2011

Mistrial for 'white supremacist' schoolboy, 14, who shot dead gay classmate during lesson - 2nd Sept 2011

Image: Brandon McInerney, now 17

A judge has sensationally declared a mistrial in the long-running case of a teenager accused of murdering his gay classmate at their high school.

Jurors could not reach a unanimous decision on the degree on the guilt of Brandon McInerney, now 17, for killing Larry King, 15, three years ago.

The nine-woman, three-man panel unsuccessfully deliberated for a week over Larry’s death at a school in Ventura County, California.

Jurors took votes with the last one being seven for voluntary manslaughter, while five for either first-degree or second-degree murder.

Prosecutors must decide whether to re-file murder and hate crime charges against McInerney - aged 14 at the time but tried as an adult.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell declared the mistral. Larry's family would not comment as they left the court.

Both sides agreed McInerney took a .22-caliber handgun to school in February 2008 and shot Larry twice in the back of the head.

It happened during a computer lab class in front of stunned classmates.

McInerney embraced a white supremacist philosophy that sees homosexuality as an abomination, Maeve Fox, prosecuting, said. Read More