Fight footage shown at gay teen killing trial

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Posted: Jul 23, 2011 5:32 PM
Fight footage shown at gay teen killing trial

Prosecutors told jurors that surveillance footage of a teen murder defendant fighting in juvenile hall proves the boy has a violent nature.

But lawyers for 17-year-old Brandon McInerney argued that fights are common in juvenile hall and the video, shown in court Friday, has no bearing on the case against him.

McInerney is being tried as an adult for the 2008 shooting death of 15-year-old Larry King, a gay classmate.

The Ventura County Star reports that Chris Niblett, a corrections officer at juvenile hall, described McInerney as a good kid who was in the honors program for good behavior.

Niblett also disputed claims from a prosecution witness that McInerney is a white supremacist and a member of a street gang.

King was shot in the head at E.O. Green School in Oxnard.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com