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Gay teen died of gunshots to the back of his head, medical examiner testifies

Wippert Oxnard student Larry King died from two gunshots to the back of his head, although a Ventura County medical examiner Wednesday morning could not say which shot came first.

As a second day of testimony got underway in the trial of King's classmate, Brandon McInerney, Chief Examiner Ronald O’Halloran demonstrated to jurors how the bullets penetrated King's skull and entered the back of his head.

A lack of gunpowder or smoke residue indicates the shooter was at least 1 1/2 feet away, he said.

Under cross examination the medical examiner added a few more details: 15-year-old King had nail polish on his fingers and his toes and had recently shaved a small mustache.

McInerney, 17, is charged with gunning down King in an Oxnard computer lab in February 2008. The defendant is being tried as an adult in a Chatsworth courtroom.

In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutor Maeve Fox talked of King as a shy, effeminate student who had recently come out of his shell to assert his sexuality and paid a price for it at the hands of a classmate with white supremacist tendencies.

Defense attorney Scott Wippert portrayed King as the aggressor, flirting and taunting McInerney so relentlessly that it triggered their fatal clash.

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-- Catherine Saillant in Chatsworth

Photo: Defense attorney Scott Wippert speaks to reporters Tuesday outside the Chatsworth courthouse. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

 
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