Trial began this afternoon in the case of a California teenager accused of execution-style murdering a gay classmate at a middle school in 2008.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Brandon McInerney, then 14, walked into his eighth-grade classroom, took a .22-caliber handgun out of his backpack and shot 15-year-old Larry King, who was sitting directly in front of him. McInerney then threw the gun on the floor and walked out of the room.
Prosecutors now say that McInerney carefully planned the murder of his classmate. Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox said in her opening statement today that McInerney and other boys at school bullied King. When King started to wear high heels and earrings to school, he and McInerney clashed even more. McInerney allegedly mentioned he would shoot King -- the day before the actual shooting occurred, LA Times reports.
According to the AP, court documents reveal that King said "I love you" to McInerney while at school the day before the shooting.
This emotionally triggered McInerney, who was "emotionally pushed over the edge [by King's] inappropriate sexual comments," NBC Los Angeles reports. McInerney's attorneys plan to argue a case of voluntary manslaughter.
McInerney is charged with first-degree murder, and prosecutors have added a hate crime allegation, arguing that McInerney was motivated partly by a hatred of gays. Although McInerney was just 14 at the time of the incident, he is being tried as an adult.
He faces a maximum of 53 years to life in prison if convicted, KTLA reports.
I just read this article at work, and stories like this bug me. I am just giving my opinion, and I really apologize if I offend someone, but I feel that this gay kid was asking for something like this to happen. Now, he doesn't deserve to be shot; no one does. He was asking for some type of trouble. First off, you don't tell a heterosexual man that you love them when you are a homosexual, unless it's meant platonically. It doesn't work out, and especially at this young age, you're going to bother someone. The maturity level doesn't exist. Second, my biggest issue with homosexuality, he shouldn't have been wearing heels and earrings. Homosexuality is feeling attraction to men. Nothing wrong with that; we were born this way, blah blah blah, Lady Gaga, meow. Wearing women's clothing and accessories to school when your career is not being a drag queen is odd. I am a firm believer that humans should respect the fact that there is a women's section and a men's section in department stores, and if something works for both sexes, it won't be strictly in one single section. Men should not wear high heels and feminine earrings.
As I previously said in another blog, I'm homosexual, but I'm not about to go buy a purse and dress like a woman. I would never wear heels, unless I was a ninja and needed a quick way to stab someone with my shoes, but I could always install a knife into some shoes. It's so frickin' hard to want to come out when you're surrounded with men acting and dressing like women. Why can't gay men just love men and be "normal"? You don't have to be a diva. Dressing like women isn't going to make homosexual more accepted; it's just going to frustrate a lot of people.