Jury deliberations resume in CA gay murder trial

AP News
Posted: Aug 29, 2011 5:17 AM
Jury deliberations resume in CA gay murder trial

Jury deliberations will resume Monday in the trial of a California teen accused of murdering a gay classmate at school three years ago.

Jurors began their discussions on Friday to determine whether 17-year-old Brandon McInerney is guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. The panel is expected to deliberate for only a couple of hours because a juror has a prior commitment.

McInerney has pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and a hate crime. If convicted, he faces more than 50 years in prison. Jurors also can consider a conviction of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum 21-year term.

The trial was moved from Ventura County to Los Angeles because of pre-trial publicity.