Brandon McInerney, the teenager who allegedly murdered Larry King after King declared, “Baby, I love you,” to him, faced a day in the courtroom on charges as an adult for murder and a hate crime. During the pretrial hearing, Oxnard Police Sergeant Kevin Baysinger, told the court:
Brandon said if he ever wanted to kill anybody, his dad had a bunch of guns and he had the capability.
He went on to say that the investigation also revealed that McInerney told one of Larry’s friends before the murder to:
Tell Larry goodbye because you’re not going to see him again.
McInerney has refused a plea bargain and entered a not guilty plea. Perhaps not surprisingly, the defense attorneys have invoked a defense remarkably similar to the “Gay Panic Defense” previously discussed, indicating that McInerney shot Larry twice in the head because he was provoked by King’s advances. But McInerney shouldn’t succeed because he broke the rules. According to testimony McInerney didn’t “panic,” but committed pre-meditated murder.
Unfortunately, pre-meditated murder doesn’t always lead to a proper and just conviction. Take Dan White, the man who murdered Mayor George Mascone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, as an example. Defense attorneys convinced the jury that Dan White took the gun to the municipal building without any intention of shooting the Mayor or Harvey. He was then convicted of “voluntary manslaughter” and received a 7 year, eight month sentence.
History is posed to repeat itself again in this case. As in the case against Dan White, the jury will be sympathetic toward the teenager for the murder – after all, he’s young, straight and white.