A teenager accused of gunning down a gay classmate execution-style in their Southern California junior high school classroom in 2008 will be retried on murder charges, the Ventura County district attorney's office said Wednesday.
But Brandon McInerney, now 17, won't be charged with a hate crime as before, Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Frawley said Wednesday.
McInerney was arraigned Wednesday in Ventura County Superior Court, and he continued to plead not guilty to murder and other charges, Frawley said.
Last month, a judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked in the eight-week murder trial of McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors again will try him as an adult, Frawley said.
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