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Closing arguments to begin in gay murder trial

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

August 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lawyers will present closing arguments on Thursday in the high-profile trial of an Oxnard teen accused of shooting a gay classmate.

Brandon McInerney, 17, is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the 2008 shooting of classmate Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School. Prosecutors argue McInerney, who was 14 at the time, shot King because he was gay.

McInerney's attorneys don't dispute that he shot and killed King, but they contend he snapped because King made unwanted sexual advances.

Prosecutors contend the murder was premeditated and McInerney was fueled by white supremacy ideology.

The jury should get the case tomorrow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.