Jury caught up in circumstances of gay teen death
LOS ANGELES — There was no question Brandon McInerney shot a gay middle school classmate in a computer lab, but deciding what crime he committed proved impossible this week for a jury inundated with factors to consider.
The 15-year-old victim, Larry King, had been bullied and taunted for being gay. He had recently begun wearing makeup and high heels to school and flirting with his tormentors as a defense mechanism.
McInerney, 14 at the time, was beaten by his father and was described as a bright student who lost his motivation. His defense team said the teen snapped after King sexually harassed him.