In closing arguments in the trial of accused killer Brandon McInerney, Ventura County, Calif., senior deputy district attorney Maeve Fox today worked to discredit McInerney’s “gay panic” defense and referred to it as character assassination against 15-year-old Larry King, whom she called the victim of a cold-blooded execution.
“Let’s just say it, this defense is gay panic,” Fox said. “For the past six weeks, there’s been this giant smoke screen.” The real reason for the shooting was “the defendant hated Larry King for who he was.”
McInerney, now 17 and with severe slick-backed hair, looked on without reaction as Fox spoke conversationally but at times emotionally. She discarded much of the previous testimony of teachers at Oxnard, Calif.’s E.O. Green Middle School, some of who described the effeminate King chasing other boys around the halls. Fox said the teachers went into blame overdrive after the February 12, 2008, shooting of King, and in their testimony were covering their reputations and defending their agendas.
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