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Ventura County Trial Of Gay Teen’s Shooting Delayed

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Lawrence King, 15, was killed by fellow classmate Brandon McInerney in the classroom of E.O. Green Middle School in Oxnard. (credit: CBS)

Lawrence King, 15, was killed by fellow classmate Brandon McInerney in the classroom of E.O. Green Middle School in Oxnard. (credit: CBS)

VENTURA (AP) — A Ventura County judge has delayed the murder trial of a teenager charged with the classroom shooting death of a gay student.

Brandon McInerney’s trial had been tentatively set for March 15. The 16-year-old defendant, who is being tried as an adult, is charged with the Feb. 12, 2008, shooting death of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green School in Oxnard.

The Ventura County Star says Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell on Monday set an April 4 hearing to determine if attorneys will be ready for trial on May 2. Defense lawyers want more information, including the release of the victim’s juvenile records.

McInerney is also charged with a hate crime because he allegedly had adopted white supremacist views and King professed to be gay. A police gang expert testified in a 2009 preliminary hearing that white supremacists consider gays enemies of the white race.

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