Jurors Reject Hate Crime Verdict In Gay Murder

Feb 2007
Los Angeles
A judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they could not agree whether to convict Brandon McInerney, the middle school student who shot and killed a gay classmate during a morning computer lab.

Jurors deadlocked 7 to 5 in favor of voluntary manslaughter in the emotional two-month trial in the case of the stunning 2008 shooting inside an Oxnard classroom.

Jurors universally rejected the prosecution's contention that the shooting was a hate crime carried out by a youth filled with white supremacist beliefs and a hatred for homosexuals.

McInerney was 14 when he walked into a morning computer lab at E.O. Green Junior High School, pulled a .22-caliber handgun from his backpack, put the gun to King's head and pulled the trigger twice. King was 15.

McInerney sat stiffly and silently at the defense table as Ventura County Judge Charles Campbell declared a mistrial. His mother, Kendra McInerney, sobbed into her hands. The parents of victim Larry King, Greg and Dawn King, stormed from the courtroom with other relatives, even as the judge was still addressing the jurors.

Prosecutors declined to comment, as did jurors.

"He made this horrible decision at such a young age," Robyn Bramson, another defense attorney, said outside the courthouse. "He's going to be locked up for a very, very long time, and I want him to have a date on the calendar when he can get out."

Mar 2007
I need to look at the facts in the case. Perhaps the prosecution failed to prove their case to the extent required by the charges..a la Anthony trial.


Former Staff
Jul 2010
Not in MD
Yes, he was on Tosh! Also on Bill's show