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Oxnard teen won't testify in gay murder trial

Brandon McInerney, left, was accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Lawrence King, right, in February 2008.

August 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The defense in the murder trial of Oxnard teenager Brandon McInerney rested its case on Monday morning. The move means McInerney will not take the stand in his own defense.

The 17-year-old is charged with murder and a hate crime in the 2008 shooting of classmate Larry King. Prosecutors argue McInerney shot King because he was gay.

Closing arguments in the case are expected to begin later this week.

McInerney was 14 at the time of the killing. His lawyers don't dispute he shot King, but they argue McInerney was provoked into attacking him because King made unwanted sexual advances toward him.

Prosecutors say McInerney was fascinated with Nazis and other racist groups intolerant of homosexuals.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.